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VOLUME 88, ISSUE 11
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Remembering Kyle Walker as larger than life CHELSEA SHANK The York Dispatch Kyle Walker always wanted to be taller than his dad. As he grew, he measured his height next to his father, Bronley Walker, year after year until he leveled out at 6 feet 6 inches - a solid four inches taller than his dad. On Saturday, Kyle Walker, 21, was killed in a one vehicle accident when his car struck a tree along the 1100 block of Woodland Road in Spring Garden Township. "I've always told him he wasn't just bigger than me, he was smarter than me," said Bronley Walker, 68. "And I told him that I hope I live long enough to see what happens to him." "He was a riot," Bronley Walker said. "He had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor, he was very funny and very entertaining." A gifted writer, Kyle was majoring in journalism and political science at Millersville University. He was a contributing writer for Fly Magazine and The Snapper, Millersville's student newspaper. "He took a lot of risks with his writing, but always stayed true to himself," said Laura Maginley, associate news editor of The
Snapper. "His writing was consistent and genuine." Maginley recalled Kyle speaking out on issues at town hall meetings on campus organized by the student senate. He was a libertarian and a big Ron Paul supporter, his dad said. "He fought for the underprivileged," said Bronley Walker. "He was anti-government, so I told him to do something about it." He added political science to his major because he was not satisfied with the way things were and wanted to change the government system and the world, his dad PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLE WALKERS FACEBOOK said. Kyle Walker, 21, was a sophomore majoring in journalism and political science. He was tragically killed when his After graduating car struck a tree along the 1100 block of Woodland Road in Spring Garden Township on Saturday, December 29th. from York Suburban in 2010, Kyle atMusic was a huge part of Kyle's "marched to the beat of a differ- different," said Bronley Walker. tended Five Towns College of life, and he loved going to con- ent drummer," his dad said. "A really good different." Music before changing his mind certs with friends. He would wear Chuck Taylors "Growing up he had his ups and about finding a profession in The youngest of six children, and shorts all winter. downs, and he had come tothe music industry. Kyle was a free spirit who "He was different, but not a bad gether significantly in the last
MU receives high score in second annual safety list ZACHARY STAAB Assoc. News Editor Students choose the right college for them based on SAT scores, athletics, location, and a variety of other criteria. One aspect of college life that is drawing more attention is campus safety. According to go4ivy.com, college safety is one of the ten most important factors when choosing a college. The website also advises students to consider extracurricular activities, academic focus, and enrollment into the college planning process. Extensive information about all of these factors can be found at stateuniversity.com, a website devoted to providing detailed information on U.S. state universities. In the website's second annual list of the 450 safest colleges, Millersvile University received a score of 92.56 out of 100. Millersville was ranked the 16th safest college in Pennsylvania, and 219 in the nation. The website's first list of safest colleges ranked Millersville 120 in the nation. “As a whole, we are a safe campus within a safe community, we are definitely not perfect but we do a lot of things right when it comes to being a nice place to live, study, work and visit,” said Pete Anders, Millersville University Police Department (MUPD) Chief of Police. Other Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Schools, such as Shippensburg and Kutztown, were ranked 76 and 292 in
the nation, respectively. Schools were graded on a scale that accounts for severity and frequency of a crime per 1000 students. The safety ratings were based on occurrences of forcible rape, theft/larceny, robbery, burglary, vehicle theft, aggravated as-
“As a whole, we are a safe community within a safe community. We are definitely not perfect, but we do a lot of things right when it comes to being a nice place to live, study, work and visit” - Peter Anders Millersville University Police Department Chief of Police
sault, and murder on campus, and then were weighted on the probability of each student experiencing an incident. According to stateuniversity.com, less than one out of 1000 students at Millersville experienced incidents of aggravated assault,
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burglary, and forcible rape. Approximately six incidents of larceny /theft were recorded out of 1000 people. There were no incidents of theft, robbery, murder or arson reported on campus. Chief Anders said, “Our largest crime problem is with thefts and off campus with burglaries. We continue to emphasize to students and employees to keep their doors locked as a general good habit even when you are at home, and to not walk away from valuable property when in buildings on campus.” Stateuniversity.com stresses that while safety ratings based on college crime are a good way to evaluate a college or university, they don't reflect the whole picture. Students should take into account unreported incidents, the abundance of campus police and how secure the surrounding neighborhoods are before making conclusions on the safety of a university. In response to how the university can improve safety, Chief Anders said, “M.U. Police has partnered with student groups, Health Services, Wellness and Women's Center, MU Counseling, and outside agencies like the YWCA to be more supportive to intimate partner violence such as sexual assaults and domestic violence.” The 2012 rankings are available online, at stateuniversity.com’s website.
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Dr. McCollum selected as acting president for MU MARIA BARCOSKI News Writer As the Millersville community says farewell to Dr. Francine McNairy, a new president takes the helm - but not until April 1st, when Dr. Anderson takes his place as Millersville’s 14th president. For the time being, Dr. James McCollum will act as president. He was selected by the Council of Trustees when Provost Prabhu could not undertake the presidential duties due to limitations from a recent eye surgery. Dr. McCollum, before his temporary position as president, was the executive deputy to the president and chief of staff. His background in education follows him into Ohio, where he has served for 10 years as CEO of the inter-university council of Ohio, an education association representing the collective interests of the state’s public universities. For more than 20 years, he has filled many roles, such as presidential assistant, head of the University relations unit, and governmental relations officer under Youngstown State University. Q: How were you chosen for the honor of being acting president of MU?
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year after an extremely bad summer," Bronley Walker said. Kyle's parents, Bronley and Lori Walker, were still on a holiday vacation when the accident occurred on Saturday. It was the first time they had gone on the annual cruise without taking all of their children along, said Bronley Walker. When Kyle dropped his parents off at the airport, he gave his dad an essay he had written for The Snapper. The published essay was about his experience getting arrested for driving under the influence and what it taught him. Bronley Walker had encouraged his son to write about it, the way that teachers have their students write about their summer vacation, he said. He forgot about it and didn't know that Kyle had followed through until he handed him the published copy at the airport as they unknowingly said their last goodbyes. "Things had been great, and he wasn't drinking and driving anymore," said Bronley Walker. "This is very sad for all of us that knew him," he said. "He was my boy."
cally cover a succession plan in the event an acting or interim president needs to be appointed for longer periods of time than a temporary absence. The succession plan is developed by each university president in consultation with their Council of Trustees (COT) Chairperson, and the COT Chairperson and the Chancellor consult on the appointment of an acting or interim president in situations where there is a presidential vacancy.
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Dr. McCollum served as senior advisor and chief deputy, contributing to the president’s role in leading an effective senior management team.
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A: There is a PASSHE (state system) policy that provides an acting president be designated whenever the President is off campus and would not easily be able to return to campus within a reasonable time. In the past this plan covered a president’s absence for several days when away at a national conference or for a week or two when the president was on vacation. The policy has recently been amended by the PASSHE Board of Governors to more specifi-
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Healing through group therapy ZACHARY STAAB Assoc. News Editor
January 2, 2013 at 8:48 A.M. Ricardo Vribe of Ambler, PA was cited for a stop sign violation on High School Avenue and Normal Avenue. A citation was issued. January 5, 2013at 12:53 A.M. John Kresler III of Carlisle, PA was cited for public drunkenness on the 200 block of North Prince Street. A report and citation was filed. January 10, 2013 at 11:28A.M. Samuel Darley of Philidelphia, PA was cited for a stop sign violation and expired inspection sticker on the 1st block of Normal Avenue. Two warnings were issued and he had five days to respond. January 10, 2013 at 2:00P.M. Ken Stehli of Lititz, PA was arrested for harassment at Stayer Hall. MUPD gathered evidence and spoke with District Attorney's office. January 12, 2013 at 8:55P.M . MUPD assisted Millersville Bureu Police Department (MBPD) in a foot pursuit from a burglary. A report was filed. January 13, 2013 at 1:00A.M. Hank Berry of New Providence, PA was cited for a stop light violation on West Fredrick Street and North George. A citation and report was filed. January 16, 2013 at 9:34A.M. A driver was cited for an expired inspection and emission sticker on the 100 block of North George Street. A warning was issued and the driver had five days to respond.
January 19, 2013 at 1:19A.M. Abbie Spinella of Washington Beurou, PA was cited for a one way violation on Brooks Drive and West Fredrick Street. A citation was issued a report was filed. January 21, 2013 at 11:55A.M. A driver was cited for faulty break lights on the 100 block of North George Street. A warning was issued and the driver had five days to respond. January 23, 2013 at 12:37A.M. Dylan Charlton of Kittanaing, PA was cited for a stop sign violation on Shenks Lane and West Fredrick . A citation was issued a report was filed. January 24, 2013 at 11:25A.M. A driver was cited for expired inspection and emission sticker on the 100 block of George Street. Two warning were given and the driver had five days to respond. January 24, 2013 at 12:25A.M. A driver was cited for a one way violation on North Prince Street at Brooks Drive. A warning was issued. January 26, 2013 at 3:42P.M. Haley Williams of Toms River, NJ was cited for a one way violation at the SMC parking lot. A citation was issued. January 29, 2013 at 4:58P.M. A driver was cited for an inspired inspection and emission sticker on Creek Drive at Centennial Drive. A police warning notice was issued.
The M.U. Center for Counseling & Human Development is preparing students for the spring semester with three new therapy groups. The Center for Counseling & Human Development currently offers personal counseling, crisis intervention, academic counseling, and various other services to help students with emotional and physical concerns. The new groups are focused on creating a calm and relaxed atmosphere for participants to receive professional advice and develop friendships. The Mindfulness Group will teach students how to manage stress by practicing mediation, deep breathing, thought observation and other therapeutic exercises. “College students are always busy and stressed with relationships, work and school,” said Clinical Psychologist, Lisa House. “Practicing mindfulness techniques ten minutes a day will help improve concentration, mood, calm feelings, and overall health.” The sessions are designed to build off one another; however, students are encouraged to attend whenever their schedule
permits. The Mindfulness Group will meet in Lyle Parlor on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00p.m. from March 27 through May 1. Women may want to consider discussing issues at the Women’s Therapy Group. Pre-Doctoral Intern, Sarah Inver, explained, “Topics to discuss might include relationships, self-esteem, traumatic events or friendships.” Meetings will promote an interpersonal environment where women can
can learn how to cope at The Family Dynamic Group. "The six week group will center around exploring the certain roll students have to play because of their parents addiction. By expressing their experiences with peers and counselors, students can learn new techniques for coping,” said Kelsey Backels, Counseling Psychologist. To increase the group dynamic and friendship building, students should try to attend by the second meeting. The Family Dynamics Group meets in SMC 118E on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30p.m. from February 6 through March 13. Aside from the three new programs above, The Center for Counseling and Human Development offers many free services for students. Alcoholic and Other Drug Counselor, John Baltzer said, “A lot of kids aren't familiar with the services we provide. Many students are experiencing loneliness, shame, guilt and anger. It's important to uncover those feelings so healing can begin.” The M.U. Center for Counseling & Human Development is located at Lyle Hall, third floor. For more information, call 717872-3122.
PASSHE and APSCUF agree on a new faculty contract This past week, both sides have finally agreed on a framework on a new faculty contract for approximately 5,500 faculty at 14 stateowned universities. The talks of an imminent strike have vanished as the ratification process continues.
“Practicing mindfulness techniques ten minutes a day will help improve concentration, mood, calm feelings, and overall health” Lisa House Clinical Psychologist express their issues, and receive valuable feedback from peers with similar experiences. Women will also be able to have individual therapy counseling. “We are trying to get a solid group of women to generate a sense of familiarity and trust throughout the group,” said Inver. The Women’s Therapy Group will meet in Lyle 5 on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00p.m. from February 7 thru March 14. Students who have a parent abusing alcohol or other drugs
Biology Department 2013 Colloquium Series February 13, 2013 at 4 P.M. Caputo 210 The second lecture of the 2013 Colloquium Series is headlined “Genetic and Molecular Analysis of Plant Embryonic Development”by Dr. Pablo Jenik, assistant professor of biology at Franklin and Marshall College. Build a Winning Resume Workshop February 18, 2013 at 6P.M. Room 118, Student Memorial Center Human resource professionals from the Lancaster Association of Human Resource Management will offer suggestions to improve your resume. Please bring an updated resume. Performance: Core Ensemble - “Of Ebony Embers: Vignets of the Harlem Renaissance” Febuary 18. 2013 at 7:30P.M. Steinman Hall, The Ware Center, Millersville University. In celebration of black history month, a chamber music theater will celebrate the lives of the great African-American poets, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude Mckay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist painter Aaron Douglas. The Jazz works of Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton will be featured.
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New awareness center and President’s Medallion receipient named VI LE News Writer On Wednesday December 19, 2012, a new breast cancer awareness center at Millersville University’s Main Campus was named, and Dr. Richard Frerichs was awarded with the President’s Medallion at the Council of Trustees (COT) meeting which took place in Gordinier Hall. The Diana and Marsha Breast Cancer Awareness Center was named in memory of Diana Lin Durand ‘67, the sister of Dr. Dennis Denenberg, and Marsha Frerichs, the wife of Dr. Frerichs. Durand and Frerichs were chosen because of their brave battle with breast cancer and their involvement with Millersville. Those who visit the center may learn about breast health, how to do a breast selfexamination (BSE), and will recognize the importance of self-checking. Visitors may also learn about Durand, who was a math whiz and the Editor-in-Chief of The Snapper during her senior year at Millersville, and Frerichs, who was director of the Elderhostel Program at Millersville where she led senior citizens on many adventures. “I want the world to know how courageous my sister was in her 18 year battle with breast cancer,” stated Denenberg. “What a hero!” Denenberg, who is now retired, was a professor in the Elementary and Early Childhood Department from 1987 until 2002 at Millersville. He provides funding for the annual Breast-aville, a wellness fair that encourages men and women to learn about breast health care while promoting the services that are provided by Millersville. Denenberg also made the proposal to name the center after his sister, Durand, and his friend, Frerichs. A plaque that reads “The Diana and Marsha Breast Cancer Awareness Center Dedicated November 27, 2012”, rests on top of a felted white sheet that is draped over an HP Printer located inside of room 205 in the MU Health Services Center. It is currently unknown as to when the plaque will be placed onto
the wall next to the door of room 205, but a work order has been made for the installation. Next to the plaque is a table that is set up with four chairs in the corner of the room. On top of the table is a book entitled, “Love Judy: Letters of Hope and Healing for women with Breast Cancer” by Judy Hart, a teacher, and graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard University. She also survived two breast cancers. “Love Judy” chronicles Hart’s personal journey of fighting breast cancer, while providing an array of therapeutic philosophies, methods, and advice. The Diana and Marsha Breast Cancer Awareness Center combines breast health information with hope and humor. Two bookshelves located to the left of the entrance feature books with titles that range from “A Cancer Battle Plan” to “Grandma, You’re Lopsided!” A VHS tape entitled “The Mamma Care Method of Breast Self-Examination” is located on one shelf, and Multi-Type BSE Models are located on another shelf. The Multi-Type BSE Models are soft, lifelike models of a breast without lumps, a breast with fibrocystic tissue, and a breast with lumps. They are used as tools to educate women on how to detect a lump, and how to determine the difference between the cancerous lumps and a typical fibrocystic tissue which may be mistaken for a lump. The two framed photo collages of Durand and Frerichs with their family and friends are placed side-by-side on a wall, and samples of the women’s writings offer personal touches to the room. “From the photo collages of Diana and Marsha, they (visitors of the center) will learn that even if you have the disease, life can still be wonderful,” explained Denenberg. “Both of these incredible women lived fulfilling lives.” Dr. Frerichs was also awarded with the Millersville University President’s Medallion at the COT meeting. This award honors and acknowledges contributions to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the commitment to the val-
ues of higher education. “I was humbled and honored. I’m very humbled because there are a lot of other people
that have worked as hard, so I was humbled that she [Dr. McNairy] would pick me out,” stated Dr. Frerichs. “I was hon-
ored that she would say to me, ‘Hey Rich, you’re a person that’s really been committed to Millersville and I’m going to give
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From left to right: Jenny Moon, Hawar Sayed, Dr. Susan Northwall, medical director of MU Health Services, and Dennis Denenberg look over documents. Denenberg, a professor emeritus at MU, donated money to get the resource room underway in memory of his sister and MU alumnus, Diana Denenberg Durand, who passed away in 2007 after an 18 year battle with cancer.
you this award.’” Dr. Frerichs, who worked at Millersville for 36 years, made a number of contributions to the university, some of which include being part of the Dean of Men, working in the office of Financial Aid, working in the Department of Educational Foundations, teaching Foundations of Modern Education, teaching Public Policy to graduate students, and being part of the Presidential Search Committee. In addition to Mrs. Frerichs’ involvement with various campus activities at Millersville, like her husband Dr. Frerichs, she coached the Penn Manor boys golf team while going through chemotherapy. “A windy day, like today, would blow her wig off. The boys would laugh and she would laugh with them,” said Dr. Frerichs. “If you met her you would not know that she had breast cancer. She just had that spirit and never felt sorry for herself. She epitomized this spirit that Dennis was looking for when he dedicated the room.”
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The Campus Cupboard increases food security CARISSA SLAWECKE News Writer
In recent months, Millersville University has become increasingly aware of the lack of food security among students. The University, along with Millersville’s Campus Ministry, responded to this growing problem by creating the Campus Cupboard. The Campus Cupboard is a food bank that provides food specifically to Millersville University staff and students in need. “The Campus Cupboard helps students with food resources so that they can focus on studying and meeting their educational and professional goals,” said Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads, director
and pastor of United Campus
Ministry and founder of Campus
Cupboard. “Students have enough to worry about when it comes to their classes, they shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.” The idea for Campus Cupboard came about at the student affairs retreat in May 2012. “From many places on campus, we were beginning to hear stories of students going without food,” said Shrom-Rhoads. “As a ministry, we felt this was something important for us to follow up on and to make sure that students have food.” PHOTO COURTESY OF BLOGS.MILLERSVILLE.EDU The Campus Cupboard was created to help students who are in need of food Over the summer of resources. Volunteers and donations are in need to keep the service running. 2012, students and staff planned and prepared
Acting president Q&A From Dr. McCollum, rst page Divisions, and in particular on Dr. Prabhu, the Provost, for his leadership of Academic Affairs. Q: As "executive deputy to the president and chief of staff", what have been your duties? Will that role continue throughout your presidency or have they temporarily filled in that position? A: The executive deputy to the president/chief of staff provides direct support to the president as one of the senior officers of the University and manages the staff within the Office of the President. I will not have an executive deputy during my two months service as Acting President. I think it is important to point out that I will have the strong support of the staff in the Office of the President, and that I am not alone in this regard as there are others within cabinet and elsewhere that will have additional responsibilities during the pres-
Q:Due to the changing administrations, are there any expected changes that students would want to know about at this time or in the future (that you are aware of)? A: I want to reassure students who may have concerns about the unresolved contract negotiations between the statewide faculty union and PASSHE. I preface this at the outset to call your attention to the fact that PASSHE has successfully negotiated successor labor agreements with all of its union represented employee groups except faculty and that negotiations are ongoing and we remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached with APSCUF without a faculty strike. I believe that our faculty and all employee groups at Millersville University join the administration, our Council of Trustees, the Office of the Chancellor and the PASSHE Board of
Governors in the deeply held belief that students are our top priority and that the quality of their educational experience is our shared number one goal and mission. In the unlikely, but possible, event of a faculty strike Millersville University will be open for normal business operations. To our students this means that: • all housing and residence life facilities will be open and staffed • all student dining facilities will be open, stocked, and staffed
•most, if not all, university events and activities will be held as scheduled Finally, the University has no way of predicting if a strike is called how many Millersville University faculty will choose to strike and not be available to teach their classes. In that event we will advise students to go to
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their classes as scheduled. I am hopeful that this message will reassure students that the University will be open and responsive to students’ basic needs. We will continue to update our website as new developments occur while remaining positive and hopeful that a settlement will be reached. Q: Have there been any concerns about the transition? A: I don’t believe so. I know we have a good transition plan that involves Dr. Anderson, Mr. Warfel (the COT Chairperson), a highly capable cabinet, and me. We have fine employees across the University and a talented faculty. All of us are working together with students as our top priority. We are on good footing.
for the opening of the Campus Cupboard in November 2012. The Campus Cupboard offers a market-style room where students can go through and pick their own items off the shelves within certain limits per item. There are also other resources available at the Campus Cupboard to help students know where to find free meals on campus and in Lancaster. The Campus Cupboard is located in the back of the A-frame Church at 121 N. George St., Millersville and is open between the hours of 3pm and 5pm every Friday. In an emergency, students and staff can contact Shrom-Rhoads during the week to receive food as well. Anyone can donate food between 10am and 12pm on Friday’s or can contact
Shrom-Rhoads to set up a drop off time. Volunteers are also needed to help with collecting food and money, helping with inventory, and helping on Friday’s during the food distribution time. Shrom-Rhoads talks about the response Campus Cupboard has received from the Millersville community thus far: “We have had many Millersville staff from many departments and many individuals dropping off donations. I have had many staff thank us for the work we are doing, for the need we are filling.” To receive more information about the Campus Cupboard, contact Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads at 872-6840 or Kirstin.ShromRhoads@millersville.edu.
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Superdome ‘lights out’ was problem before Super Bowl KEVIN MCGILL Associated Press
MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Concerned the Superdome might not be able to handle the energy needed for its first Super Bowl since Hurricane Katrina, officials spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on upgrades to decayed utility lines, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The improvements apparently weren't enough, however, to prevent an embarrassing and puzzling 34-minute power outage during the third quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Two days later, officials still had not pinpointed the cause of the outage. The Superdome's management company, SMG, and the utility that supplies the stadium, Entergy New Orleans, announced Tuesday that they would hire outside experts to investigate. We wanted to leave no stone unturned," Entergy spokesman Chanel Lagarde told the AP. He said the two companies had not been able to reach a conclusion on the cause and wanted a thirdparty analysis. "We thought it was important to get another party looking at this to make sure we were looking at everything that we need to examine," Lagarde said. SMG Vice President Doug Thornton told a news conference at City Hall later Tuesday that the hiring of a third party does not signify a disagreement between SMG and Entergy. "It's important for us to have total transparency and we have agreed among ourselves that we will exchange records," Thornton said. "We were metering the power. They were doing the same on their side. We need to figure out what the root cause of this is and fix it." Documents obtained Monday through a records request by The Associated Press show that Superdome officials worried months ago about losing power
during the NFL championship. Tests on the electrical feeders that connect incoming power from utility lines to the stadium showed decay and "a chance of failure," state officials warned in a memo dated Oct. 15. The documents, obtained by the AP through a records request, also show that Entergy expressed concern about the reliability of the
feeder cable system, work that was done in December. "As discussed in previous board meetings, this enhancement is necessary to maintain both the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena as top tier facilities, and to ensure that we do not experience any electrical issues during the Super Bowl," said an LSED document dated Dec. 19.
Eric Grubman, NFL executive vice president of business operations, told the AP on Tuesday that the league was aware of the city's pre-game upgrades to the utility lines, "which we understood to be important and beneficial." "SMG and others kept us apprised and those reports gave us no real cause for concern," Grubman said. "It is natural and
The lights-out championship game proved an embarrassment for New Orleans just when it was hoping to show the rest of the world how far it has come since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But many fans were forgiving, and officials expressed confidence that the episode wouldn't hurt the city's hopes of hosting the championship again.
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New Orleans hosted Super Bowl XLVII for the 10th time, though it was not enough to prevent a blackout in the stadium. After a Super Bowl record-breaking 108-yard punt return by Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens to start the second half, electronics and lights were disabled due to an unknown source. It lasted about half an hour. service before the Super Bowl. The memo said Entergy and the Superdome's engineering staff "had concerns regarding the reliability of the Dome service from Entergy's connection point to the Dome." The memo was prepared for the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, the state body responsible for the Superdome. Authorities subsequently authorized spending nearly $1 million on Superdome improvements, including more than $600,000 for upgrading the dome's electrical
Superdome commission records show a $513,250 contract to replace feeder cables was awarded to Allstar Electric, a company based in suburban New Orleans. Arthur Westbrook, Allstar's project manager for the job, referred all questions about possible causes of the outage to the management company. A lawyer for the LSED, Larry Roedel, said Monday a preliminary investigation found the replacement work done in December did not appear to have caused Sunday's outage.
understandable for energy suppliers to be concerned prior to a huge event. If an engineer is asked whether something is 100 percent failsafe, an engineer will normally say, 'No, there is always a risk of failure.'" Both Entergy and SMG said Sunday that an "abnormality" occurred where stadium equipment intersects with an Entergy electric feed, causing a breaker to create the outage. It remained unclear Monday exactly what the abnormality was or why it occurred.
To New Orleans' relief, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the city did a "terrific" job hosting its first pro-football championship in the post-Katrina era. "I fully expect that we will be back here for Super Bowls," he said, noting a backup power system was poised to kick in but wasn't needed once the lights came back. Mayor Mitch Landrieu told a news conference Tuesday that the outage won't hurt the city's chances of hosting another Super Bowl and he joked that the game
got better after the blackout. "That 34 minutes is not going to cast a shadow over the accomplishments of the city," Landrieu said, calling the event "as nearperfect a Super Bowl as the country has ever seen." He added that officials estimate the game brought $432 million into the city. Fans watching from home weren't deterred, either. An estimated 108.4 million television viewers saw the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 3431, making it the third-mostviewed program in television history. Both the 2010 and 2011 games hit the 111 million mark. As for possible culprits, it couldn't be blamed on a case of too much demand for power. Meters showed the 76,000-seat stadium was drawing no more electricity than it does during a typical New Orleans Saints game, according to Doug Thornton, the Superdome manager. He also ruled out Beyonce's electrifying halftime performance. She brought along her own generator. Officials with the utility and the Superdome were quick to note that an NFL game, the Sugar Bowl and another bowl game were played there in recent weeks with no apparent problems. Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, chairwoman of the New Orleans City Council's Utility Committee, called an emergency committee meeting Friday with Entergy representatives and others, seeking additional information. The blackout came after a nearly flawless week of activity for football fans in New Orleans leading up to the big game. The Big Easy last hosted the Super Bowl in 2002, and officials were hoping this would serve as the ultimate showcase for the city's recovery since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm tore holes in the roof of the Superdome and caused water damage to its electrical systems, and more than $330 million was spent repairing and upgrading the stadium. Sunday's Super Bowl was New Orleans' 10th as host, and officials plan to make a bid for an 11th in 2018.
Lakers win against Nets, lose against injuries Disney NEW YORK (AP) -- Kobe Bryant would have liked to celebrate more, maybe gloat about that highlight-reel dunk, but there were bigger concerns. Dwight Howard couldn't start and Pau Gasol couldn't finish. And in this difficult season for the Los Angeles Lakers, even the victories seem to come with losses. "It feels good to pull out a win like this, but now reality kind of sets in," Bryant said. "If Pau can't go and Dwight can't go, we have to figure some things out." Bryant had 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Lakers overcame the absences of Howard and Metta World Peace, and the loss of Gasol to beat the Brooklyn Nets
92-83 on Tuesday night. Antawn Jamison, starting for the suspended World Peace, made the go-ahead basket during a closing 14-3 run for the Lakers, who have won three straight and six of their last seven games. Howard missed his third consecutive game with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Gasol, his replacement, said he felt a pop in his right foot when he went down with a little more than 4 minutes remaining. He was examined by Nets doctors and diagnosed with a strained plantar fascia, and will undergo an MRI exam Wednesday in Boston. "I had fasciitis and I had been dealing with it for a couple of months now, but I didn't feel any-
thing like I did tonight," Gasol said. Brook Lopez capitalized on the Lakers' center woes to finish with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but he was the Nets' only offense down the stretch in their fourth loss in six games. Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists, and Earl Clark added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat the Nets for the 10th straight time. Gasol scored 15 points. The Lakers improved to 3-0 on the road in February after going 0-7 in January, seizing control in the final minutes without many of the players who were expected to make them a top contender this season.
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Lakers win against the Nets 92-83 on Tuesday night, but ended up losing Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol to injuries while Metta World Peace faced another penalty.
Bryant's attacking drive and slam between Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries snapped an 80-all tie, the play that had Barclays Center buzzing in his first trip to an arena that was filed with plenty of Lakers' gold and purple. "I was pretty shocked that the lane was so wide open," Bryant said. "I think everybody's been drinking the Kobe pass Kool-Aid, so everybody kind of stayed on the perimeter on the shooters and it just parted like the Red Sea. So I felt a little like Moses." Battling recent elbow pain, Bryant said his arm hurt a bit after the play but he was forced to ignore it. "After a play like that, you really can't grab your arm, it messes up the swag of the moment," he said. "So you've got to kind of suck it up for a while." Lopez answered quickly with a three-point play to give the Nets their last lead with 2:33 to play. Jamison scored on a pick-androll, Bryant drove for another basket and Clark hit a jumper to give the Lakers an 88-83 lead with 1:11 remaining. The Nets couldn't score again, and Nash closed it out with four free throws. Lopez blamed himself for poor decisions on offense and bad defense on the pick-and-roll down the stretch. "To their credit they closed out the game well, but I just feel those 2 1/2 minutes are about as bad as I played on both ends of the floor all season," Lopez said. The NBA penalized World Peace for grabbing the Pistons' Brandon Knight around the neck and striking him in the jaw with the knuckles of his mostly open hand on Sunday with 1:43 left in the first half of the Lakers' 98-97 win. The former Ron Artest has been in trouble with the league throughout his career, and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, while not disputing the suspension, said he assumed World Peace's history played a role in the league's decision. The decision on Howard's status belonged to the center, and it was revealed under unusual circumstances. In what's been a strange and stormy season for the Lakers,
D'Antoni pronounced Howard doubtful at the morning shootaround, either unaware that Howard had already decided he wouldn't play or unwilling to announce it. Howard spoke to reporters just minutes later, ruling himself out. That freed things up a starting spot for Gasol, one of the top big men in the world but struggling to find his way in D'Antoni's offense and Howard's shadow. He hurt his right foot while defending Lopez with 4:21 remaining, falling to the court without noticeable contact. He stayed in the game after getting attended to by the trainer, but then had to ask out shortly after and returned to the locker room. “Hopefully we'll get Dwight back pretty soon and then hopefully Pau's not too bad," D'Antoni said. "If not, we'll play." Deron Williams scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter, helping the Nets to a 24-18 lead. The Nets missed a chance to open things up early in the second against the Lakers' depleted second unit, then Los Angeles surged ahead once its starters returned. Bryant's follow shot capped a run of eight straight points as the Lakers grabbed a 49-37 advantage with 10.4 seconds to play in the half. Mirza Teletovic followed with a 3-pointer to make it a ninepoint game at the break. "I thought we came out really well in that first quarter and then in the second quarter things kind of went south," Williams said. "I don't know why, I thought we were ready for this game, but proven wrong tonight." Much of the trade focus around Howard during his final season in Orlando centered on the Nets, one of the teams his agent was permitted to negotiate with and the one that was believed to be Howard's preference. The Nets could never put together an attractive enough package and they're happy now with Lopez, headed to his first All-Star game next week. He scored 12 in the final period, but the Nets had only seven other points.
working on ‘Star Wars’ films away from new trilogy LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Disney is mining The Force for even more new films. Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday that screenwriters Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on standalone "Star Wars" movies that aren't part of the new trilogy that's in the works. "There has been speculation about some standalone films that have been in development, and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand-alone films," Iger told CNBC. Iger said the movies would be based on "great `Star Wars' characters that are not part of the overall saga." The films would be released during the six-year period of the new trilogy, which starts in 2015 with "Star Wars: Episode VII." Disney confirmed last month that "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams will direct the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" saga. Disney bought "Star Wars" maker Lucasfilm last year for more than $4 billion. The last "Star Wars" trilogy, a prequel to the original films, was released from 1999 to 2005.
February 7, 2013
A case for eliminating federal income tax
Staff Writer We are faced with an endless catalog of social injustices, dilemmas, and issues. There is no greater perpetrator of injustice than the State. The State is a territorial monopolist of violence and grants itself the unique power to tax. It is this unique power, specifically in the form of the federal income tax, which needs an illuminating light shone upon it. Let us consider three reasons why the federal income tax in our country (and for the sake of its citizens, any other country) must be eliminated. Taxation is economically detrimental, violates your inalienable right to the Pursuit of Happiness, and finally is wholly immoral. “The sum of all volun-
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you because you can do more with $100 than you can with $50. This is true any time the State steals from anyone, so the Market is hampered by taxation of any kind. We are all familiar with the Declaration of Independence insofar as being able to recognize the line “We hold
repressed. By the government’s continual plunder, you are not able to invest, donate, spend, or produce as you would if it were not taking from you; it restricts your choices and your life. Taxation is the moral equivalent to theft. You are taken from without your consent. Moreover, the government decides entirely independent of you how much it will take. Your money, as demonstrated by the paycheck example earlier, is held captive by the State until it decides what it needs, and hence how much you can keep. Adding insult to injury, the government uses the money it stole from you to pay for inmates who may be incarcerated for breaking laws that you do not believe should be laws, to buy totally unnecessary amounts of military equipment, to invade countries and decimate their citizenry with indiscriminate weapons, to give to those who are not working at all, to pay
“There is no greater perpetrator of injustice than the state” these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Following closely the fact that you can do more with more money, it is easy to see our right to the pursuit of Happiness is severely
for medical attention given to other people, and a host of social programs you may (should) be opposed to. When a friend first suggested to me four years ago the idea of suspending the federal income tax for two years, I thought he was nuts and quickly told him it was a ludicrous idea. However, after a short time of thinking about it on my own along with reading educated authors who largely held the point of view very briefly presented here, such as Murray Rothbard and Hans Herman-Hoppe, it became clear that a moratorium or “tax holiday” for two years would not suffice. It must be entirely eradicated. We are continually coerced by and stolen from by the State (all levels of government, not just federal). The federal income tax is a great place to start your journey of recognizing government plunder and corruption. Colin is a sophmore studying chemistry and economics. He is an Opinion Writer for The Snapper.
Newtown conspiracies reveal inept media
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tary human action is the Market,” (quoted directly from Samuel Konkin III who nearly directly quoted it from Ludwig von Mises). The State operates in the opposite manner, by coercion; the Market produces and the State takes from this production. Anyone who has ever been employed has seen this. On a paycheck, there is the gross pay and the net pay. The gross pay is what the company attempted to pay you, and the net pay is what the State is allowing you to keep. The government has granted itself the power to take from you what it decides necessary for itself to function. By this way the State sucks out present goods and services from being used properly now or being exchanged for future goods and services. The State systematically lessens the potential production of the Market. The numbers being arbitrary, imagine you are paid $100, but $50 are taken away leaving you with only $50. This is economically detrimental to
Assoc. Opinion Editor For many Americans, the usual lightness of the 2012 holiday season was dimmed if not overshadowed by the events that unfolded on December 14, 2012. On that day in Newtown, Connecticut, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School where he proceeded to murder 20 children and six adult staff before taking his own life. I’m sure we all know the story. With that said, I would bet that many Americans, including students and faculty on this campus, have heard or read about the numerous conspiracy theories popping up to supplement the official story of what happened in Newtown. When such stories first came to my attention, I was appalled that someone would posit that not only were we lied to about major aspects of the story (i.e., multiple shooters, more guns than reported, and strange inconsistencies with witness and police reports), but that the whole event had been pre-planned and staged for television in the hopes that it would move the American people to push for tougher gun laws. Appalling. However, as I spent nearly an entire day investigating
these claims, I found that some details of the event and the “official narrative” don’t quite add up, or at least they overlook some rather important facts and firsthand reports by witnesses that any sensible person or journalist would not exclude, or would at least investigate. More troubling still is the fact that many news outlets began scrubbing stories from the Internet the day of and the day after the shooting that ei-
there nor do I have all the information necessary to make such a determination, but there is something very important to learn from what I refer to as, Newtown journalism. Whether you believe in these theories or not is not the question here. The question, or perhaps the glaringly obvious takeaway from these theories, is that there must have been some terrible reporting for there to be so many inconsistencies. For millions of people
Newtown journalism exposes big problems with internet and cable news and the knee-jerk media. Today’s media is quick to publish, post, or broadcast any information they receive as a situation unfolds even if it later turns out to be untrue and could lead to backtracking and confusion. In the days of the newspaper, people had to wait until the evening edition, or God forbid, the morning paper to find out what happened yesterday, in detail.
ther had misleading information or that didn’t add up with CNN’s or the New York Time’s version of the truth. Before you stop reading the article and decide to write me off as a conspiracy nut, you should know that I do not buy into the conspiracies about the Newtown shooting. I was not
to question and full-heartedly believe that the Newtown shooting was staged, or, at the very least, had several facts covered up, points towards a major failing of the media to explain and report this story to the public rather than towards a large segment of the population being crazy.
Say the conspiracy theorists are dead wrong, you still can’t blame them for being distrustful, even outraged. They are drawing their conclusions from conflicting news reports, witness testimony, and in some cases video and photo evidence that has not been explained to the public or incorporated into
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news stories. If they are misinformed because of a mistake the media made in their haste to get to the bottom of the story, or more commonly, because they want to get the story up on the web as soon as possible, then it is a terrible thing indeed. A journalist should have the facts and know the story before they report it, what Carl Bernstein called “the best obtainable version of the truth.” How can we not expect these theories to arise when the very nature of news today is not to give people a finished, well-reported product of journalism, but to grab a camera and take the audience along on the process of investigation no matter what wrong alley it leads us down? On the other hand, if journalists are intentionally covering up aspects of the story, and not being honest to the public which they serve, then the system is broken. A democracy cannot flourish without freedom of information and freedom of the press. If the trust between the public and its press is broken then the democracy itself is in danger of being shattered. We must demand more accountability, thoroughness, and care from those whose first priority is speed instead of fact. When a tragedy such as the Newtown shooting occurs, it behooves the American public to demand the best of the press and of ourselves in weighing that information.
Brandon is a senior majoring in English. He is an opinion writer for The Snapper.
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Buried Alive: Students bearing costs of textbooks
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Opinion Editor Ahh, the start of a semester: a fresh beginning, rejuvenated enthusiasm, and then there is tuition payments and the cost of books. The school store is hopping with activity with lines leading to the back of the store, students with their stacks of books, and the ever-prominent
look of uneasiness on their faces as they hand over their credit cards. As a college student funding my own education, I always find the beginning of a semester to be the most frustrating in terms of the expenses. I spend thousands of dollars out of pocket on tuition only to spend even more in the cost of college textbooks. The Washington Post recorded that students at four-year schools spent an average of about $900 in books and supplies between 20032004, and the prices have skyrocketed from there. Even after purchasing all the textbooks, some of them will still go unused. Later, when you go to sell them back, you
only get a fraction of the original cost. This past week I sold six of my textbooks to a textbook van found on campus for a whopping $15. Some professors understand a student’s frustration with outrageous textbook prices and don’t require a textbook or are at least lenient on the editions you purchase (older editions are cheaper). Dr. Hammond from Utah Valley state college attracted attention for opting against the use of textbooks in his class stating, “I think its immoral because of the cost.” However, I am confident that we have all had a professor or two who insists that we purchase the latest textbook, and what’s worse, sometimes we
are required to buy multiple textbooks. One must also consider that some books for majors such as accounting are much more expensive than those for education. Should a student aspiring to be an accountant essentially be punished with more fees just because that is the major they desire? I think not. Not all college students have the benefit of getting money from their parents to cover school expenses. I balance a job and school to pay all of my bills. It is bothersome to me that after students pay their tuition, most have to worry about how to afford textbooks for their classes. But is there any way a solution to this ex-
pensive situation can be reached? Possibly. However, the solution may not be in favor of the publishers. With access to the Internet students have the availability to delve into a treasure trove of books or to try to find their textbooks at a cheaper price. Internet websites such as Chegg.com have been my knight in shining armor, allowing me to rent my textbooks for a semester at a reduced price. Though it is still expensive, it is better than the original price. For some the price of even renting textbooks is still too costly and some students are taking the chance of not purchasing a textbook at all. Not purchasing a textbook is risky
business, the ultimate risk being how it will impact your grade. Is it insane to consider that universities should look at including textbooks in their tuition cost? Can a happy medium be reached between universities and students? The bottom line is that higher education, which is fundamental in today’s society, has become too expensive, and in turn becoming unreachable for many. Something must change to get more individuals back in the classroom at reasonable costs.
Sam is a senior majoring in History Education. She is the opinion editor for The Snapper.
Gun violence overreaction Why America needs unions Valarie Hetzler
Staff Writer A 5-year-old girl brings a gun to school; a bright pink Hello Kitty gun that shoots bubbles when the trigger is pulled. Any individual with gray matter between both ears will discern right away that the gun is clearly a toy. Apparently, comparing that to a real gun was too much of a challenge for Mount Carmel Area Elementary School, who suspended the kindergartner for 10 days for what the school called "making terroristic threats.” The girl was at the bus stop and told a peer that she would shoot her and herself with the bubble blowing gun. The girl's parents hired a lawyer, as they plan to file a lawsuit against the Mount Carmel Area School District as well as the school, since officials of the school district interrogated the girl for 3 hours without her parents knowing about it. She was ordered to get a psychological evaluation in order to determine, in the school's words, whether or not she was "an endangerment to herself or others.” The psychologist who examined the girl concluded that she is not a threat to anyone. As a result, did the school remove the suspension? No.
They just reduced it to 4 days. Regardless, the incident will go on her permanent record, which is the decision that her parents will fight. The superintendent released a statement saying, "We don't comment on issues involving staff or students” blah blah blah. So what are we to make of this atrocity? I believe it started from the terrorist threat bandwagon that people like to hop on as a result of
play, which is what children are supposed to do as a means of physical and social development, but she got undeserved heat over a damn toy, and we wonder why kids are growing up too fast. We now live in a culture that says kids are supposed to be like adults. There is certainly no doubt that such an injustice will become a memory to this girl that cannot be erased, as it could haunt her the rest of her
the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, which the media continues to use the victims of in an exploitative manner (e.g., the chorus singing America the Beautiful at the Superbowl) plus talks going on in our government of an "assault weapons" ban, which a friend of mine referred to as no different than saying "technology machine.” It is surely a bandwagon people can stand to hop off of and build their own bandwagons called "I think for myself.” All this girl wanted to do was
life, all because innocence was snatched from her at too young an age. She was forced to grow up faster than she wanted to due to the megalomaniacal abuse of power that never ceases to exist, which is why I cannot fathom why kids today actually want to be "grown-up.” Maybe we can all learn a little something from Chuck E. Cheese; let a kid be a kid.
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Valarie is a senior majoring in Spanish. She is an Opinion Writer for The Snapper.
Theodore R. Griffiths
Staff Writer Stories about teacher unions and strikes materialize in newspapers on a weekly basis, but it is rarely something to which we dedicate much thought. It is common for these unions to be vilified, with pundits throwing around adjectives such as “lazy” and “greedy.” I believe it to be less of a misunderstanding and more of a partisan effort, as those criticisms usually come from outlets like FOX News and their elephant brethren. It is unfortunate that these labels are attached to teacher unions, especially since the faculty of Millersville University have been going through a contractual conflict of their own. While I may come across as a pundit myself in attributing all of the abuse towards unions to right-wing organizations, there is little evidence to redeem them. Unions have become the topic of a purely partisan effort with Republicans more than happy to see them dissolved and left to the annals of history. What seems to be lost in this discussion is the fact that all you need is history to see why America needs unions. It may be instinctual to take jabs at teacher unions, especially if you allow yourself to think in a simple manner such
as, “Well at least they’re getting paid. I’m the one stacking debt semester after semester to pay their bills.” What many people don’t realize is how complex these situations truly are. It is not merely a demand for more money, but a showing of devotion towards their craft. There is no malice or greed accompanying their requests, and regardless of the actions taken by the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF), they are only trying to raise the standards of education at Millersville University and the Pennsylvania state system. While the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors originally intended to inflate class sizes, reduce salary for part-time professors, and reduce the benefit package for full-time employees, APSCUF has pushed to make sure that does not happen. The inflating class sizes may seem like the only thing that would affect students, but what many people forget is the importance of a good salary package in a competitive industry. I realize that staff can be filled with any salary package offered, but there is competition from every other university in this country, and without equally competitive pay and benefits there will be absolutely no incentive for some of the most qualified professors to teach at schools like Millersville University. This process of bargaining used by APSCUF to preserve the education and competition of Millersville University is only one example of the importance of unions. Through the collec-
tive bargaining process employees gain better working environments and better pay, creating a middle class that would not exist if labor conditions and salary were left to the desires of unchecked employers. It is something so obvious, but a position that must be defended because of the current political assault on the working class. Although APSCUF has approved a tentative agreement on a contract with PASSHE, the initial deal PASSHE proposed to APSCUF was an insult to the faculty of Millersville University. Even with this agreement the teachers face increased copays for office visits, emergency room visits, and prescription medication. What stings more is the elimination of course development compensation for distance education, something which is voluntary and not mandatory. APSCUF will now have a similar contract to the one reached by Governor Corbett and the other statewide unions. While that is a much better outcome than the original deal proposed by PASSHE, this is just another example of why America needs unions. Think about the class sizes, already too inflated, only increasing year by year if PASSHE had their way. All this country needs is a decade without unions, fair pay, or acceptable working conditions to realize how important they are. All PASSHE needed was a decade of inflated class sizes with unmotivated teachers to see how worthless their education would become. Theodore is a senior majoring in English. He is an Opinion Writer for The Snapper.
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Simple tips to prevent the flu DIANE GALLAGHER Features Writer
Flu season generally stretches from October through May and it normally peaks in February; however, the 2013 flu season has been unusually severe in the United States. Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. The virus is transmitted through contact with infected mucus or saliva or by airborne droplets of saliva or mucus. Due to the highly infectious
nature of the influenza virus, public health officials have made the following recommendations to help you stay healthy: • Always cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. • Throw tissues away after using them. • Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. This is the most common way viruses are spread. • Avoid close contact
CHRISTINE ILLES/SNAPPER Signs like these have been posted all over campus by MU Health Services to prompt students to practice healthy habits.
with people who are sick. • If you are sick, stay home and limit interaction with others. Not sure if you are sick? Here is a list of symptoms commonly associated with influenza: • High fever (101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) • Headache • Muscle aches • Sore throat • Chills • Nausea and vomiting (in some cases) “I always have a small bottle of hand sanitizer with me,” said Logan Radle of the steps that she takes to prevent the flu. One of the most effective and easiest methods of flu prevention is washing your hands several times a day. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. Here are five easy steps to properly wash your hands: 1. Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap. 2. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. 3. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice. 4. Rinse your hands well under running water. 5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL The CDC released a report with a graph showing the number of positive cases of influenza in the US, which peaked in January. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations; however, sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. The Center for Disease Control reported that the available flu vaccine is 60 percent effective, and it further recommended that anyone over the age of six months get the vaccine. Heidi Young said, “I take vitamins, drink orange juice, rest often, and try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables during flu season. I also heard that the getting the flu shot was a good idea.” Millersville University Health
Services is currently offering the influenza vaccine for free. They are providing the inactivated vaccine, commonly called the “flu shot.” The flu vaccine will not prevent disease from other viruses, including flu viruses not contained in the vaccine. It takes up to two weeks for protection to take place, and it lasts for about one year. You can contact Health Services at 717-872-3250 or www.millersville.edu/healthservices/ to learn more about the flu vaccine.
A new year, a healthier and happier you ALI CHIAVETTA Features Writer
“healthy.” Often people are tricked by the words “low-fat,” “lite,” and “sugar free.” These stamps placed on diet bars and other foods are advertising tricks that result in higher consumption of the products. The important things to look for when purchasing food are the ingredients. Rather than looking for light products, or foods that
Though New Year’s resolutions are often abandoned within the first month or two, living a healthy lifestyle is a resolution that can be carried out for the rest of your life. When most people hear the words “getting healthy,” they think of a strict diet regi“Often people are tricked by men. However, the words “low-fat,” “lite,” there are many and “sugar free.” These components to a healthy lifestyle, stamps placed on diet bars only one of which and other foods are advertisincludes a person’s diet. ing tricks that result in Living healthily is higher consumption of the not just a resolution products.” that results in a temporary change; it’s a new way of living. Features Writer By being conscious of what you eat, exercising on a regular basis, drinking enough claim to be “low” anything, look water, and getting a proper for natural or organic foods that amount of sleep, you can have fewer processed ingredibecome physically, mentally, ents. These products usually have and emotionally healthy. As far as a proper diet goes, healthier fats and carbohydrates most people have misconcep- and are also higher in protein tions about what foods are and fiber.
What was your favorite part of the Super Bowl?
“I actually didn’t even watch it.” Alisa Esbenshade
“ When the 49ers had their comeback.” David Anaya
“The blackout.” Eric Mallory
RACHEL KESLOSKY/SNAPPER Foods can claim to be “lite” or “reduced fat,” but the important thing to notice when choosing food is the list of ingredients.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NICHOLASJV.BLOGSPOT.COM A number of people make New Years resolutions, but many have problems sticking to them once they have been made. Lists like these can help you keep sight of your goals and complete them by next year. In order to keep up your metabolism, eat four or five smaller meals per day rather than three big ones. Rather than telling yourself you can’t have certain foods, eat everything in moderation. Fill your body with natural foods, fruits, vegetables, meats, and other sources of protein. Along with a clean diet, create an exercise routine that’s easy to stick with. By looking on websites like Pinterest you can find workouts that will target your specific problem areas. You can also find free workout vidoes on YouTube including P90X and Insanity. If you don’t want to follow that strenuous of a wrokout, you can also look a videos that target certain areas such your legs, arms, and abs. By incorporating cardio and lifting into your daily schedule you will be well on your way to a healthier physique. After doing a workout, it is a good idea to eat a small amount
of protein to help repair your muscles. The Juice Bar offers an array of post workout shakes that include protein or you can make your own and add protein if you don’t like the current flavors. Throughout your day, you should be drinking at least eight glasses of water. By keeping hydrated, your body and mind are able to function at a higher level. Drinking water has many additional health benefits such as clearer skin, more energy, illness prevention, and boosted brainpower. As important as a clean diet and a regular exercise regimen are, the most important area to remember is the amount of sleep you get every night. The average person is said to need about eight hours of sleep per night. According to research, as a young college student, you should be getting anywhere from 6-10 hours per night. The amount depends on the person,
but it should still be a large chunk of time. If you have trouble sleeping, turn off the TV before you go to bed. Studies have shown that your mind has trouble getting into sleep mode when it is being bombarded by the flashing lights from commercials. Try reading instead. The slower pace and no flashing help lull your brain into relaxation mode, making it easier to fall asleep. Sleep deprivation can affect your life in many negative ways such as memory problems, interruptions in hormone functions and blood pressure, and decreases your ability to concentrate. By incorporating these factors into your daily life, getting healthier should be no sweat. A healthy diet, regular exercise, extensive water consumption, and an adequate amount of sleep are the keys to living a healthy lifestyle.
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Juicing your way to a healthy body NICOLE SCHAFFER Features Writer After indulging in your grandmother’s homemade apple pie and other fattening sweets over the holiday break, the feeling of being weighed down and sluggish is all too common. To recover from a month of gluttony, many people turn to dieting. However, rather than just dieting, one of the best ways you can detoxify your body is by participating in a juice cleanse. A juice cleanse does not include buying store bought juice, which has undergone pasteurization and contains less beneficial enzymes, but involves using a “juicer,” which extracts liquid from fruits and vegetables. While eating fruits and vegetables is very beneficial for your health, juicing them is even better. According to nutritionists Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane, authors of “Juicing for Life,” what makes juicing so beneficial for your body is the abundance of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes the juices possess which help to eliminate toxins in your body. Because it is difficult for people to consume the amount of raw fruits and vegetables that are needed to properly nourish the body in a day, juicing can help you obtain optimal health and energy because of the large amount of enzymes present in plant-based foods which help promote quicker digestion. According to juicing expert Joe Cross, who spent sixty days filming his experience in the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” the benefits he experienced on a cleanse were tremendous. For a period of two months, Cross drank nothing but freshly squeezed fruit and vegetables juices and was able to clear his skin condition, discontinue his medications, lose body weight,
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Buffalo chicken sliders PHOTO COURTESY OF THEAUTOMATICJUICER.COM Juicing machines, such as this one, allow users to extract the beneficial juices from fruits and vegetables. and gain mental clarity. Cross’s website “Reboot with Joe” explains how removing the fiber while juicing enables the digestive system to rest and allows better absorption of phytonutrients as well as the chance for your body to focus on healing itself. It is important to remember, however, that juice cleanses are temporary and should not substitute a diet. While they typically last anywhere from three to 10 days, they can last for longer depending on the individual. To prepare for a cleanse, most people consume only fruits and vegetables the day before. After the cleansing period, it is important to slowly reintroduce food groups back into your diet by again by beginning with fruits and vegetables. While many people achieve great results while cleansing, it is necessary that you should receive permission from your doctor and know that some people can experience negative results while on a cleanse.
Livestrong.com explains that fatigue, dizziness, and headaches are common negative side effects and warns that those who are pregnant or have blood sugar problems such as diabetes should not participate in a cleanse. If juicing isn’t for you, the health benefit of consuming fruits and vegetables on a daily basis still remains crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Millersville wellness professor Dr. Lombardi lists the many benefits fruits and vegetables provide: “Fruits and vegetables are a great source of water, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. They also lower the risk of some cancers, some digestive problems, some eye problems, blood pressure, and heart disease and stroke.” Whether juicing or not, the best thing you can do for your body is to include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BLOGCHEF.NET Buffalo chicken sliders are a great treat for any occasion. Vary the sauce for more flavor combinations.
Kayla Forgrave Features Writer
Buffalo Chicken Sliders 1/2lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked and shredded) cup hot sauce 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups shredded cabbage and carrot mix 4 tablespoons blue cheese salad
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and cook until heated through. Step 3: Split the sliders buns in half and butter each half. Place face down in a fry pan over medium heat and cook until browned on the bottom. Pile Buffalo chicken onto the bottom half of each slider bun, top with blue cheese slaw and place on the top half of the bun.
The art of (re)gifting ANNE SHAFFER
Processing juices can remove some of the natural enzymes of fresh fruits and vegetables that help remove toxins from your body.
dressing 12 slider buns Butter Step 1: Place cabbage and carrot mix into a medium bowl. Add blue cheese salad dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Step 2: In a medium saucepan add butter and hot sauce. Cook over low heat until the butter has melted. Stir until well combined. Add shredded chicken
The holidays have wrapped up, the decorations are put away, and the relatives have all (finally) gone back to their own houses. Now there are piles of presents sitting on the floor, waiting to be shown to their new homes. There is the hat from Aunt Jane and the sweater from Grandma Sue. Unfortunately, those sweaters and hats are either the wrong size or are not even mildly attractive. Now what? In past decades, there were very few options for these unwanted gifts. “If you got that hat from Aunt Jane, you better wear it at least two times when you saw her,” said Millersville senior Bri Richard. However, now there is an option for these gifts: regifting. Take the sweater from Grandma Sue, rewrap it, and foist it on a friend or distant relation. Regifting has always been a rather heated topic of conversation. Some are of the opinion that it is a tacky practice while others believe that it is perfectly acceptable. “My family is all about regifting,” said Danielle Kreider, a Millersville senior. “My dad regifted to me a guitar I bought for him three years ago.” In recent years, the idea of regifting has become much more acceptable. Regiftable.com is an entire website devoted to the concept of the regift, created by Money Management International (MMI) in 2006 to “get through the [holiday] season with your budget and your sanity intact,” according to the website. Regiftable.com even has a page for regifting parties, in which each guest brings one rewrapped gift for an exchange which takes place by drawn lots. The person who draws the lowest number chooses a gift to unwrap. The next lowest number can either take that gift or choose a new one. Each person after can choose to take an
already opened gift or open a new one. This is similar to the white elephant party, which, according to the Gifting Resource Center, is another type of party created for the purpose of exchanging “impractical” gifts, most of which are also regifted. The white elephant party, however, does not have the element of taking gifts which someone has already opened. According to the Wall Street Journal, 79 percent of people who responded to a survey by American Express said that it
offended than the regifter expects,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Despite the findings of that study, others believe that there are situations when it is inappropriate to regift. In the opinion of the Gifting Resource Center, one of the most important rules of regifting is that the feelings of the original giver must not be offended. For example, the original giver should not be at a white elephant party and witness his or her gift being given away as a white elephant. Matt Brownell of Daily Finance says that if the giver of the gift and the recipient of the regift move in the same social circle, it is a bad idea to regift. He calls it a “‘Seinfeld’ scenario.” But the Gifting Resource Center states that regifting can be considered acceptable at any time depending on the feelings of the giver. If you are going to regift, Regiftable.com says that you should never give away handmade items, signed books, or monogrammed items, and Brownell insists that the item should be unopened and rewrapped for the new recipient.
“It all depends on your motivations,” said Erin Peddicord, a senior at York College. “I truly feel regifting is only appropriPHOTO COURTESY OF THEMATHate if you know it would be MOMPUZZLES.BLOGSPOT.COM appreciated more by the friend Regifting Robin, Regiftable.coms or relative you intend to give it mascot. to.” was acceptable to regift during Items which are regifted the holiday season. Also, in a study conducted by should be appropriate to their Creditdonkey.com, women are new owner. That is the most 50 percent more likely to regift important rule of regifting, according to the Gifting than men. Resource Center. Regifting is A number of people fear not just about getting rid of regifting an item because of the things that you find undesirpossibility that the original able. giver might be upset. The Wall Regiftable.com says, “Don’t Street Journal says that it could just give a gift to give a gift.” be because regifters believe that the original gift givers’ opinions on how their gifts are used should be taken into account. However, a recent study by the journal Psychological Science states that the person who gave the gift is “less likely to be
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The darker side of loans: student debt
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BAY CITIZEN Most students have approximately $20,000 in debt when they leave college, and in order to keep that number as small as possible, students have to know what kinds of loans they have. amounts you can take out are banking providers will have a MARISSA INCITTI limited. I recommend a parent way to manage your bills. If Features Editor plus loan if you need more you add your loan service than the federal amounts can provider to your bills, you can No surprise: college is expen- give you.” start paying off interest on sive. Need-based and academic Federal loans are categorized your unsubsidized loans. scholarships are hard to find as subsidized and unsubsiBe careful though: you may not and qualify for, so many studized. The difference between have the same service provider dents turn to loans to help the two is a matter of when the for each loan. To find out who them pay for tuition. interest is charged. For subsiyour service provider is, visit A great many colleges do dized loans, the loan amount the National Student Loan Data not warn students of the dandoes not accrue interest until System at nslds.ed.gov. The gers that accompany loans, after the grace period, or six National Student Loan Data resulting in most students havmonths after you graduate. For System is the U.S. Department ing about $20,000 in debt unsubsidized loans, the loan of Education’s central database when they graduate. amount immediately accrues for student aid that provides a According to the May 12, 2012, interest. centralized view of federal article in The New York Times To find out what kind of loans and grants. It receives titled “Student Loans Weighing loans you have, visit your MAX data from schools, agencies Down a Generation With Heavy account and check under that guarantee loans, and other Debt,” the United States now “financial aid reward.” There U.S. Department of Education has more than $1 trillion in will be a list of the scholarprograms. outstanding student loans. ships, loans, and grants that Through the NSLDS Staying out of debt requires you have received for this website, you can make students to think smart. school year. inquiries about your federal “My best advice for students If you are worried about the loans and grants. If you have to find the best loan option is amount of debt you will have your social security number, to shop around,” says Marcy when you graduate and want to the first two letters of your last Ashton, assistant director of start paying for your loans name, your date of birth, and financial aid. “Usually the best now, you can. Most online your federal PIN, you can loans are federal; however, the
access your information and find out loan and grant amounts, any outstanding balances, the statuses of your loans, and any disbursements. If you are graduating and you’ve found out that you have more than one service provider through federal loans, it’s a good idea to consolidate your loans. “By consolidating your student loans, you have a smaller monthly payment as opposed to multiple costly payments if you have more than one service provider,” says Ashton. “You also have more time to pay back your loans. A ten year repayment plan becomes a twenty to twenty-five year repayment plan.” Ashton also says it’s a good idea to wait until the four and half month period after you’ve graduated to consolidate. This way you won’t have to pay right away, as you would if you consolidated as soon as you graduated. On the other hand, there are disadvantages to consolidating. One of them is that you actually pay more because you stretched out the amount of time you have to pay it back. However, you are allowed to make double payments on your loans. Once you are established, you can pay double, triple, or even the entire remaining cost to get out of debt quicker. If you’re worried that you may not be able to make the payments, certain companies like Mass Mutual offer loan scholarship opportunities. These are scholarships that go towards the amount of loans you have. The current loan scholarship opportunity begins and ends on February 14. Go to Mass Mutual’s Facebook page to enter the contest. Who knows? You could win $20,000 towards your debt.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TUITION.IO 37 million Americans have student loans, but there are many options for payment methods that can help students elevate their debt.
Discount shopping for your college budget DANIELLE WEAVER Features Writer
Movies and TV might make college out to look like one big party, but every student knows that college life is not as glamorous as it seems. The reality often is a lot of writing, reading, late nights, and for most students, being on a budget. While being a college student can be expensive, believe it or not, it can actually help when shopping. And the key is a small plastic card most students hardly give a second thought. On Millersville’s campus, a student ID can get you a library book, hold Flex, carry your meal plan, get you into sporting events, and all kinds of things. But outside of campus, it probably stays in a wallet or purse. Rethink ditching the student ID next time there’s a mall trip though, because flashing a valid MU ID could get 10, 15, or even 20 percent taken off the purchase. Student discounts are often forgotten. “I don't think I've ever used a student discount before. I don't think I was aware they existed,” said MU senior Mandy Perreault. Most retailers who offer student discounts don’t advertise them, so students either forget about them or don’t know about them. But with tight budgets, the discounts appeal to many students. “I would absolutely be more willing to shop at a store if they offered student discounts,” said MU undergrad Nikki Reist, “but not many people do offer student discounts.” For budget-conscious students who want to shop smart, here are some great places to start shopping with a student discount: Apple: A valid student ID will get you a discount on certain products, although the percent off depends on the items pur-
chased. Apple also places certain restrictions on quantity (for example, only one notebook may be purchased using a student discount per academic year). Dell: According to the company’s website, students can save “up to 30% off” PCs with their student discounts. Journeyed.com: This is a great website for students. Journeyed.com offers massive discounts to students on software, hardware, books, and games. They do require proof of enrollment before purchasing with a discount. J. Crew: They market specifically to college kids, and as an incentive to shop, they give students and teachers a 15 percent in-store discount. Even better: J. Crew factory stores honor the discount as well. Madewell: J. Crew’s sister store is a bit pricier but offers a 15percent in-store student/teacher discount. Banana Republic: Also marketing to college students, Banana Republic offers a 15 percent off for students and teachers in-store. Ann Taylor: Dressing for a big interview? Ann Taylor offers trendy suit combinations and a 20 percent off in-store discount for students. Sign up for their email list and receive the discount online as well (click on “Style for Students”). Ann Taylor Loft: A bit more casual than Ann Taylor, Loft gives students 15 percent off in-store. The Limited: Savvy shoppers who like this store will love the 15 percent discount in-store. Charlotte Russe: Trendy clothing and accessories and give students 10 percent off full price items in-store. *Most retailers only apply discounts to full priced items. Some exclusions may apply. *Many retailers will ask to see a valid ID before applying the discount. *Some discounts may be regional/location based. Check with sales associates before purchasing.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NEWSWIRE.CA Both Ann Taylor and the Apple store offer discounts to students who have a valid student ID. At Ann Taylor, students get a 20 percent discount in store, and Apple provides discounts based on the product purchased.
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Arts & CULTURE Thursday, February 7, 2013
October 18, 2012
The Next Decade: Film Genres in the 2010s Caleb Bressler Staff Writer
We have recently stepped into a new decade, dubbed the “2010s.” Just as “The Lord of the Rings” kicked off the beginning of the 2000s, “The Hobbit” also comes to us near the beginning of the 2010s. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hit movie theaters last December. The movie, which is a
sister-film to “The Lord of the Rings” films, is an interesting switch from the majority of films over the last decade. The super-hero genre has, for the most part, defined films for much of the 2000s. While “The Lord of the Rings” concentrated a great deal of interest in the very early 2000s, fantasy certainly, as we saw, did not define the decade. This being the case, for some, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be a
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Peter Jackson returns to direct a new trilogy about Bilbo.
welcome change from the superhero genre. The environments are sometimes astounding and in some cases they are examples of gorgeous artwork, with beautifully constructed cities and houses. As with “The Lord of the Rings,” the films also use New Zealand’s almost unreal settings. While the general genres of the 2000s did not develop due to “The Lord of the Rings,” it is an interesting parallel that Peter Jackon’s films will, once again, be kicking-off the upcoming decade. Generally, each decade has particular types of films that will define the cinema of that time. Obviously, hundreds of other genres exist in any decade, but there are certain genres that are specially highlighted. For example, the 1960s focused on spythemed films and television shows such as “James Bond,” “Get Smart” and “The Wild Wild West.” The 1980s was action-adventure with “Indiana Jones,” “Blade Runner” and “Rambo.” And finally, the 2000s has had numerous super-hero films, such as “Iron Man,” “Spider-Man,” and “Batman.” With this new decade, it will be interesting to see where the film industry will go. Will the superhero genre stay another decade, or will another genre come to the forefront? To consider where film might go, it might be helpful to look at the current state of film. One reason film could change, or stay relatively similar, is because of the popular styles of cinematography. In some ways, present cinematography, prevalent in action films, has changed film making. The gritty, quick-cut style found in films such as “Inception” and “Sherlock Holmes” are a massive change from the kind cinematography in action-films in the 1980s. This being the case, the action film itself has changed from ones in the 1980s. Currently, the action films are very dark, centered within grit-
ty, urbanized environments. At the same time, these films make these environments seem exciting and even fashionable, in a way. (This trend can also be seen in advertising for other products; a poster advertising a suitcoat for men, for example, showed a model standing in what looked like an alley with graffiti on the wall behind him.) In general the amusing elements that could be found in films such as “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” have been abandoned in action films currently made. Keeping this in mind, it is clear there is a stylized realism in the action films found today. Not only is this style there, but it has become extremely important to the entire aura of many films. Superhero movies, which have unrealistic premises, are presented as realistically as possible. Even “Inception,” which takes place mostly inside of dreams, still employs a realistic kind of atmosphere, even as hotel corridors spin upside-down. There is no indication that this will be changing for the majority of action films in the near future. However, whether or not traditional action films and the recent superhero films remain popular is yet to be seen. They may be overtaken by other genres. A slew of futuristic movies are in the works. Movies dealing with zombies and development on earth being destroyed, (the latter a trend in the 1970s with films such as “Soylent Green” and “Logan’s Run”), could be the next development in film. Of course, a number of other films in the future could also effect what film culture will be. With Disney’s purchase of Star Wars, and also the three Hobbit films emerging, fantasy and/or science fiction could become a trend. On the other hand, “Lincoln” could induce filmmakers to create historical films, especially considering it was nominated for 12 Oscars. “The King’s Speech,” another historical film,
could also add to the attraction of historical films. While we can speculate, nothing is certain, especially in film. Tastes change and new films
surprise. For film enthusiasts, however, an upcoming decade is always something to look forward to.
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Star Wars returns to theaters in 2015, owned by Disney.
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Ian McKellen returns as the wizard Gandalf the Grey.
Musical movies becoming prominent in pop culture Olivia Synoracki
Dreamed a Dream.” Winning the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, as well as the Actor at the SAG Awards for Outstanding performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Hathaway’s chances look good for making a clean sweep at the Oscars. With such a phenomenal cast, “Les Miserables” has become a huge success. Opening weekend alone, the film made $27.2 million. Since then, the film has grossed to about $339.9 worldwide, since February 3, 2013. Such an earning has ranked “Les Miserables” as the fourth top musical film to date. This success is what helps to keep the production of musical films going. Musical movies have been a part of American society since the 1930s, when films like “The Jazz Singer” and “42nd Street” hit the screen. The success of these films created what is known as the golden age of musical film, from the 1930s to the 1960s. Yet, as the 1970s came around, musical movies took a dive and did not have much popularity until the 2000s. During this time, new musical films were created, such as “Moulin Rouge” and “Across the Universe.” “Moulin Rouge” in particular, received great reception from audiences, enough that it had many nominations for many award shows, including a Best Film nod for the Academy Awards. Seeing the reaction to Moulin Rouge, other studios realized that musical films were the new ticket to success; and so began an era of Broadway shows coming to life on the screen, such as “Chicago,” “The Phantom of PHOTO COURTESY OF FILM0FILIA.COM the Opera,” and “Hairspray.” These films had made quite the “Les Miserables” is the story about Jean Valjean in 19th century France, who is a criminal impression on the American
Over winter break, the long awaited film starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway finally arrived in theaters. Like many musical films, “Les Miserables” is based on the Broadway show of the same name, which originated from Victor Hugo’s novel that was published in 1862. Although this story has been produced many times, the 2012 adaption is the first of its kind, bringing the unforgettable music and emotion of the stage
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production to the screen. “Les Miserables” itself is a legendary title, yet that is not the only reason the 2012 film was highly anticipated. Turning a well known and respected Broadway musical into a film is an enormous affair, which is why a show like “Les Miserables” calls for big names and well known cast members; and so it did, with Jackman and Hathaway leading the way. Jackman is no stranger to the stage, performing in a handful of Broadway shows throughout the years, including “The Boy from Oz,” and “A Steady Rain,”
making him a clear choice for the role of the infamous Jean Valjean. His work has already made a large impression on the public, being nominated and chosen for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes, along with nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the SAG Awards and Best Actor in a Leading Role for the Academy Awards. Hathaway received high recognition for her portrayal of Fantine, singing a beautifully moving performance of “I
trying to turn his life around while being pursued by a ruthless policeman.
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“Chicago” won Best Picture in 2002. The film features Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. public, which is why musical films are still being made today. Since “Les Miserables” was a big hit, it will be no surprise when more Broadway musical adaptions come to screen. In fact, both “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys” are in talks right
now of becoming musical films in the near future. With all of these films coming to life, a new golden era might be right around the corner.
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February 7, 2013
Dead Space 3 brings new horrors Michael Farrell Staff Writer
As we look at video games, we can see that the trilogy is becoming very popular. “Dead Space 3” is the closing chapter in the trilogy. It is a third-person shooter set in the 25th century. Earth is exhausted of all resources and humans have to take to space and move to other planets. The series' chronology is not presented in a straight linear format. Generally speaking, the series focuses on a man named Isaac Clarke and the horrors that surround him. The first game is played on board the USG Ishimura, a planet cracker class spaceship orbiting a distant planet called Aegis VII. The game ends on the planet Aegis VII itself. The second game is on the The Sprawl, a city on a moon of Saturn. Dead Space 3 takes place on Tau Volantis, an ice covered frozen planet that had a colony over 200 years ago, but went dark and was never heard from again. Tau Volantis is also supposedly where the markers, the main source of the mutants and a main story piece originates from. As far as gameplay goes, the Dead Space series has been
known for surprises and scares. You can never relax, because as sure as the sun rises every day, the room you are about to enter will surely be crawling
one reload away from getting completely eviscerated. Part of the fun of the combat in Dead Space 3, comes from the large selection of guns
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Dead Space 3 is the final installment in the franchise. with undead, however it is often quite safe. On the other hand, the spot where you think you can take a breath suddenly becomes ground zero for an attack. Despite the heavy emphasis on shooting everything that moves, Dead Space 3 maintains a sense of vulnerability; you never lose the sense that you're
you can make in the full-bodied crafting system. You can mix and match handles, tools, attachments and circuits to create exactly the gun you want, or just follow a ready-made blueprint for ease and a quick play through. If you don't have the particular piece you want, you can just make it from scratch, as long as you have
enough of the appropriate resources. Previous “Dead Space” games used credits and nodes to upgrade your rig (suit) and buy your gear, in “Dead Space 3,” everything you want is a matter of finding and managing resources like tungsten, somatic gel, and transducers. “Dead Space 3's” other new feature, which is worth mentioning, is its co-op. A second player, who can drop into your game at any point, takes on the role of the troubled John Carver, whose story is worth pursuing even though it's not vital to the main plot arc of the game. One possible flaw of the game is that some game content is co-op only. Side missions not only add a great deal to the story but also give you extra access to vital resources, so to have some of them out of reach because you are playing by yourself is somewhat frustrating. As a whole, this is another solid addition to the Dead Space franchise. The amount of time put into this game can be seen throughout the entire play through, whether playing alone or with a friend. As told from the very first Dead Space, “when in doubt, stomp it out”.
Lancaster Literary Guild presents The Myriad of Roads Not Taken: An Evening with Robert Frost When: Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 07:30 pm Where: The Ware Center, Lancaster, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster Robert A. Christie Lecture in Economics: Ann Markusen - "Creative Placemaking" When: Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 07:30 pm Where: Lehr Room, Bolger Conference Center, Gordinier Hall Arts Symposium Series: Social, Cultural and Financial Ties: Innovating Economics through the Arts When: Friday, February 8, 2013 @ 10:00 am Where: Biemesderfer Concert Hall, Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center Prima Theatre Presents: The Last Five Years When: Friday, February 8, 2013 @ 08:00 pm Where: The Ware Center, Lancaster, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster Fam Fun Fest: REACH! by Jason Reed When: Saturday, February 9, 2013 @ 11:00 am Where: The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St.
Vyner Scholarship Competition When: Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 02:30 pm Where: Steinman Hall, the Ware Center, Lancaster, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster Workshop: Federal Job Searches When: Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 12:00 pm Where: Room 24, Student Memorial Center Sexuality & Gender Institute Lecture Series: Florence Williams, author When:Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 04:00 pm Where: Myers Auditorium, McComsey Hall LinkedIn and Facebook LIVE! When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:00 pm Where: 3rd Floor, Lyle Hall Ware Center Film Series: 2012 Academy Nominated Shorts - Animated When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 05:00 pm Where: The Ware Center, Lancaster, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster Financial Literacy: Living On Your Own Workshop When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 12:00 pm Where: Room 118, Student Memorial Center
Revisit the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” Traci Taylor Staff Writer
It was 48 years ago on February 7 when The Beatles landed in America for their first U.S. tour. The Beatles are iconic in terms of rock history. Over winter break, I was given “new” vinyl records, and one in the collection was “Magical Mystery Tour.” “Magical Mystery Tour” was released in the United States on November 27, 1967. The album was in excellent condition including the original 24-page color picture book. As a Beatle’s fan from a younger generation, obtaining an original record left me speechless. It was Christmas morning all over again for me. I never thought much of this album, but then again, I never listened to it on vinyl until now. It has its quality tracks. The album was a success in the U.S. when it was released and praised by critics. The film, on the other hand, was a
failure because it was a bit chaotic. Side one of “Magical Mystery Tour” has nothing on side two. Besides giving the psychedelic feel to what the album represented, the songs don’t compare to side two in popularity or quality. Paul McCartney is the lead vocalist for the majority of side one. McCartney is overrated and I’m not partial to the songs he sings off of the record. It is hard to decipher the difference between “Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know.” I can’t fully knock Sir Paul McCartney, because the man does have talent. His music is just too predictable for my taste. George Harrison is the one Beatle that never got the credit he fully deserved on the talent scale. “Blue Jay Way” on side one is Harrison’s song that gives a complete psychedelic feel and puts the mind into a trance. “I Am the Walrus” sung by John Lennon is one of the most well known tracks from
the album. The common misconception about that song is that Lennon is saying “Koo Koo Ka choo,” but is actually saying “Goo Goo G'Joob.” I had been saying the wrong lyrics for years to this song until I read the words on the vinyl jacket. “Magical Mystery Tour” picks up significantly after “I Am the Walrus,” because it is time to flip the record over to side two. McCartney redeems himself with “Hello Goodbye,” and one of my favorite Beatles songs, “Penny Lane.” This side of the record has more of a variety musically. “Penny Lane” helps the flow between “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Baby You’re a Rich Man.” Lennon’s vocals are astonishing on this album. Saying Lennon has a beautiful voice would be an understatement. Not only was he a poetic genius, but he sung his words with passion. The last track on the album, “All You Need is Love,” is a symbol of what the sixties was all about.
Hands down, it is one of the more elegant songs the Beatles have ever recorded. Chills run down my spine every time the needle reaches that last song on the record. Lennon represented exactly what he sings about in this track, “All you need is love; love is all you need.” It is important to appreciate the music of the past, because it will always be relevant. Whether or not record players will be existent, the music is available digitally. Regardless if music fans own vinyl or not there should never be an excuse to be unfamiliar with the rock legends that started it all for the current music generation. The Beatles have influenced musicians and music fans of all generations. “Magical Mystery Tour” was not particularly the best of the Beatles albums, but many of the tracks from the album are still relevant in today’s music world.
Dropkick Murphys and Holy Grail debut new albums Luke Helker Staff Writer
Dropkick Murphys Kicking off 2013 with a bang, we have the newest album from Boston’s finest: Dropkick Murphys! The Celt-Punks have just released their eighth studio record entitled “Signed and Sealed in Blood.” It is evident in this record that the band has gotten really comfortable with their musical formula that has been solidified since 2005 with The Warrior’s Code, and has not strayed far from said formula. There is little that separates this album from the other two albums in between. The album kicks off with “The Boys are Back,” one of the many anthemic songs to add to their catalog and this new record is much stronger in that aspect. Songs on this album like “The Battle Rages On” and “Burn” also tread down past roads and are reminiscent of much older songs, while “Rose Tattoo” is a little
new. It’s a mid tempo song clocking in at over five minutes, which is unlike most of Dropkick’s music, however I think “Rose Tattoo” is one of the best songs the band has ever written. Other than a festive, Christmas-themed song that accurately describes how everyone views their family around the holidays (“The Season’s Upon Us”), there aren’t any other truly stand-out tracks. I really enjoyed “The Prisoner’s Song”, “Out on the Town” and “Out of Our Heads” and again I think this album is another strong addition to their catalog and fans both old and new with greatly enjoy this record. Dropkick Murphys are currently on tour in Europe, but will be in North America in February and March. You can also catch Celt-Punk colleagues Flogging Molly on tour in North America currently as well. Both bands are arguably some of the best live bands around and you’re guaranteed a good time if you see them live.
It’s a shame they aren’t touring together because that’s when all hell breaks loose. Do yourself a favor and get involved with both of these bands. Holy Grail Review This is the second album from power metal newcomers, Holy Grail. Formed out of the ashes of White Wizard, Holy Grail has been starting to make a new name for themselves. Combining old school metal with some death metal riffs with power metal aesthetics on top, Holy Grail are Nuclear Blast’s new rising band. Now I’m admittedly not a terribly big power metal fan and the way this band was described to me initially didn’t really do anything for me, but something made me give them a chance either way and I ended up not hating them. They’re certainly not reinventing the wheel or doing anything extraordinary, they just had a decent debut record. This new record just doesn’t
seem to do anything for me for some reason. I think it’s another decent record from them and I think real fans of this band will enjoy the new album, but it didn’t quite grab me like the last one. One reason might be because I thought the stylistic power metal vocals aren’t as soaring on this record. I also wasn’t really hooked by any of the choruses which is a hallmark of almost all power metal bands. I only listened to the album twice through, but you would think I’d still be hooked at least during the first listen. This new album seems a lot more straightforward and the guitars are soling a lot more it seems. Overall the band is very reminiscent of Saxon’s music and it’s very clear to pick up on that listening to them. They’re music is very well balanced between the old school and the new school in terms of riffs and solos. There’s also more deathmetal growls from Santana on this record (not Carlos Santana,
Eli Santana; guitar). All in all, they just chose to push forward with the new school riffs and worry
less about the vocals, but it's still got some great riffs and plenty of gems for a fan of the band's work.
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“Signed and Sealed in Blood” is DKM’s eighth album.
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“Silver Linings Playbook” is a dysfunctional must-see comedy Katie Pryor StaffWriter
When I went to see “Silver Linings Playbook” over winter break, it was hard to know what to expect. While I love Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, the two main stars of the movie, and it’s been nominated for eight Oscars, I was still a bit put off by the heavy subject matter. It’s been categorized as a “black comedy about mental illness,” which means that it could’ve easily been done in a way that was insensitive, depressing, or even silly. However, director David O. Russell handles this film so well that the end result is a genuinely funny, smart, and surprisingly uplifting film. Bradley Cooper plays Patrick, a former teacher who is prone to violent fits of rage and has just been released from a mental hospital. He refuses to take his medication because he doesn’t want to deal with the bloating they cause and still thinks he has a chance with his estranged wife, even though she cheated on him and is the main reason he was sent into the mental ward in the first place. He returns home to Philadelphia to live with his parents. His doting mom is played by Jacki Weaver, and Robert De Niro plays his dad, Pat Sr., an obsessive Philadelphia Eagles fan and gambler with OCD who tries to use football to reconnect with his son. Through an old friend, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow who has had a rough time dealing with the sudden death of her husband and is almost as tempermental as Pat. There are many things that make this such a great film. The cast, for one thing, is just impeccable. Cooper, who’s mostly known for playing the pretty boy roles in comedies like “The Hangover,” proves that he isn’t just a pretty face and actually has a serious side. His performance is a nuanced, unpredictable, and honest portrayal of someone with bipolar. He does have his amusing scenes and quirks, but even then you can sense how unstable his character is. One of his best scenes is where he has a mental breakdown and starts searching through the house for his wedding video in the middle of the night. As his parents try to calm
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“Silver Linings Playbook” is nominated for eight Oscars. him down, he starts screaming so loud that he wakes the entire neighborhood and he has graphic flashbacks of the day when he caught his wife cheating on him and almost killed the man she was with. What makes this scene even more intense is Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Shall Never
Be” playing in the background. Jennifer Lawrence is also remarkable in this movie. Her Tiffany is a broken soul who puts up a tough and aggressive front, but only because she doesn’t want other people to feel sorry for her. She can go from being feisty and abrasive in one scene to dis-
playing a surprising amount of pathos in the next scene. Even though she and Patrick start off on the wrong foot and constantly deny any attraction to each other, they still warm to each other and slowly but surely fill the voids in each other’s hearts. Russell’s direction is definitely something to be commended in this film. He mixes comedic sight gags with the harshness these characters go through perfectly. Much like the characters, the movie has its emotional ups and downs can go from being funny to intense within just one scene. The best sight gag involves Patrick wearing a plastic bag while running in order to keep his weight down, which draws humorously confused glances from his dad and neighbors. One running joke has Pat Sr. believing that Patrick brings the Eagles “good juju” and causes them to win whenever they watch their games together. While this may seem goofy and ridiculous, it also serves as a reminder that Patrick’s mental condition is somewhat hereditary. The one issue I had with this movie is that it tended to follow some overused romantic-comedy clichés. These clichés may serve to cause drama, but they also felt too conventional, especially when the rest of the movie is so offbeat. It didn’t need these clichés and it already had several effectively dramatic and funny scenes that didn’t follow any of these clichés. Still, this is a just a knit-pick on an otherwise enjoyable movie. It’s a clever mix of black comedy and romance and is well-written, well-directed, and superbly acted. People will probably see this movie to see what all the Oscar buzz is about, but they’ll be won over by its comedy and heart. Through all it spouts of dysfunction and humor, it’s a movie that shows that everyone is a little messed up in some way, and that’s perfectly okay. “Silver Linings Playbook” is still playing in theaters. It has been nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), and Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver).
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Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro star in this off-beat story of mental illness and the importance of family.
“Mama:” A mother’s love is forever Molly Carl StaffWriter
“Mama” is a SpanishCanadian horror movie released on January 18th, 2012. It tells the story of two girls, Victoria (Megan Charpentier of “Red Riding Hood”) and Lily (Isabelle Nélisse) who were orphaned when their father, who in a manic fit killed their mother and two co-workers, mysteriously vanishes from a cabin in the woods where he left them. The bulk of the movie takes place five years after the abandonment when the two girls are found and sent to live with their father’s brother, Luke (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Headhunters” and “Black Hawk Down) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain of “Zero Dark Thirty”). However, soon after the girls’ arrival, mysterious events begin to take place. Although the film is strongly associated with Guillermo del Toro, he only produced the movie, as it was written by Neil Cross, Barbara Muschietti, and Andres Muschietti. Andres Muschietti also directed the film. However, one looking for del Toro’s signature style will not be disappointed. The opening credits of the movie embody del Toro’s signa-
ture elongated introduction, complete with illustrations as seen in “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” as well as a dramatic soundtrack to accompany. The movie also shows del Toro’s fondness for spatial involvement in camera angles and shots, which helps to tie in
the reality of the set with the fantasy of the plotline. The film, while not being a high budget film, grossed over $28 million on opening weekend. I personally enjoyed this movie because, unlike many horror movies, the suspense was NOT in the ‘monster’ itself, but rather in the plot and the
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“Mama” tells the story of two savage little girls.
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After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington D.C. 12:15, 2:45, 5:30, detective form an alliance in 8:00, 10:30 order to bring down their common enemy.
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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil A series of interconnected short films follows a washed-up producer as he pitches hilarious and insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in hollywood.
A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is doublecrossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the
In a city rife with injustice, excop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.
Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they?
A Haunted House
Zero Dark Thirty
Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm - determined to keep his sex life on track - turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help.
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.
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twists. All too many horror movies leave the entirety of the suspense to disguising the monster throughout the movie just to reveal its face at the very end as though the image itself contained all of the horror in the movie. Also, I felt this movie was able to keep my attention very well, and did not feel the need to use excessive amounts of blood and gore. The plot was well conceived, PHOTO COURTESY OF THEATLANTICWIRE.COM and again, unlike The suspense of the film is in the plot rather than the monster itself. many movies, did depending on the child, but I the brothers, while managing to not wait to pack all of the action was astounded with how well convey two completely separate in until the last ten minutes. these young girls were able to personalities. Although much of the movie act. I would give this movie a relied on attention to detail, the I also thought that Jessica four out of five for its integrity, plot was simple enough to fol- Chastain’s character was bril- depth, and unpredictability. low, yet complex enough to not liant. She began the movie as an “Mama” is an hour and forty feel overdone. overgrown punk with a bad atti- minutes long, and is playing at The two girls, Megan and tude on life, yet throughout the Regal Cinema through this Isabelle were incredibly con- movie the audience has a Thursday, February 7. The times vincing, and almost shockingly chance to witness her metamor- for Monday through Thursday flawless, playing two rather sav- phosis. are: 2:10, 4:50, and 7:15, with age girls. I also thought that it was an added time of 9:45 on The inclusion of child actors interesting that the Nikolaj Thursday. is sometimes a hit or miss, Coster-Waldau played both of
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Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII champions ALEX GELI Staff Writer
After Beyoncé strutted her stuff during Super Bowl XLVII’s halftime show, it was time to hand the microphone over to Jacoby Jones, who put on a performance of his own. On the opening second half kickoff, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver caught the ball 58-yards deep in their own territory when he catapulted towards midfield. Breaking tackles and filling gaps, Jones weaved through San Francisco’s special teams crew and wound up in the end zone, extending Baltimore’s lead to 22 points. 49ers fans that travelled more than 2,000 miles to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans were becoming weary as their hopes of returning home with the Lombardi trophy were dwindling. And then the power went out. The pristine presentation of the Super Bowl – minus Janet Jackson’s nip-slip debacle – was suddenly flawed as the grand stadium that garners the New Orleans Saints during the regular season had suddenly undergone a power surge, leaving half of the dome’s lights blanketed by darkness, and, not to mention, CBS’ Jim Nantz and Phil Simms muted for over a half-an-hour. “Next time you decide to put in your phone charger, give us a warning,” Nantz joked to Simms afterwards. Momentum seemingly got lost in the darkness down on the field and wandered over to the 49ers’ bench, for when the power came back on, Colin Kaepernick led his team to 17-straight points. A 31-yard pass to young wide receiver Michael Crabtree made it 28-13. A 6-yard run by running back Frank Gore then made it 2820 after a sack of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco granted them solid field position. Then, after San Francisco’s dominant defense continued when Ray Rice’s fumble was recovered by the same Baltimore cornerback who forced it, Tarell Brown, the 49ers made the score 28-23, thanks to a David Akers field goal – a running-into-the-kicker penalty by Baltimore allowed Akers, who missed his first attempt, to give it a second go. It took slightly less than 15 minutes to substitute sayings from 49ers fans like “What a blowout,” with “Thank you, blackout.” Thus began a fourth quarter that amassed to the highest
shake or bear hug or overnight ratings in anything else, have you, Super Bowl history, acJim?” in which Jim cording to the Nielsen replied, “I have not.” company, with a score Goodbye Alex Smith, of 47.1, 1 point higher Hello Colin Kaepernick than last year’s game. After Alex Smith, San The share translates to Francisco’s quarterback this: a whopping 71 at the beginning of the percent of the nation’s season, and whom also televisions (that were led the team to an NFC turned on) and over 110 Championship game in million viewers were 2012, suffered a midtuned in to watch the season concussion. In most popular televised week 11, Niners coach American event in hisHarbaugh went with the tory. man with the “hot Flacco and Kaeperhand.” And, boy, did nick duked it out for that hand stay hot. the rights of Super Bowl Completing over 60 champion and a shower percent of his passes, of multi-colored conacquiring a 97.9 quarfetti to their best ability terback rating, passing in that quarter, swapfor 10 touchdowns and ping scores like they running for 5, throwing were used DVDs. and scampering for Just after the 13over 2,000 yards while minute mark, Ravens only tossing 3 intercepkicker, Justin Tucker, tions during his portion culminated Flacco’s of the regular season in drive down the field the starting role, it was with a 19-yard field easy for Niners fans to goal, passing the baton leave Smith in the rearover to Kaepernick view mirror. while up 8 points. During the playoffs, Kaepernick, himself, anKaepernick remained swered with a 3-minute steady, and Smith was drive down the field, limited to the bench finishing it with his while watching the very own rendition of sophomore quarterback his now infamous lead his team to the “Kaepernick” where he Super Bowl – and alkisses his flexed bicep most winning it, for after running in for a that matter, in grand touchdown. All that was fashion. With his signaleft for him, then, was a ture touchdown stance, two-point conversion swift feet and rocket attempt to possibly tie arm, Kaepernick is sure the game. to have a bright fuWith an overthrow of PHOTO COURTESY OF BALTIMORERAVENS.COM ture… just hope he tight end Vernon Davis, Kaepernick and the Vonta Leach spreads his arms in pure bliss after coming so far for the team’s second title. doesn’t get a concussion. 49ers were left with a the Ravens took back their title as top of that, both of them held a Flacco: Elite or Just Plain Bortormenting two-point deficit. But, lead-dog for the second time in press conference together – also ing? The previous Super Bowl little did they know, they would their existence – not to mention, for the first time in Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning, was the latest have another chance to rip the history – on Friday. John showed in this century. to be granted the label as “elite” covers out from under the “How could it be any other up with a fancy blazer while Jim by most analysts on networks Ravens. The catch: 4th and goal way? It’s never pretty; it’s never adorned his usual game-attire – such as ESPN, so what about this with 1:50 remaining in the game. perfect; but it’s us,” said Balti- 49ers hat, sweatshirt and dress year’s MVP? His name has been Kaepernick dropped back to more coach John Harbaugh in a pants. It was a lackadaisical affair thrown out there, but will his inpass, but had to let it go quickly with not much football talk, as press conference. consistency over the season dedue to an all-out blitz by Ray So if it wasn’t so pretty, then they showed their brotherly love rail him from such heights? His Lewis and company. Crabtree, the why did millions of remotes all by poking fun. 22 completions out of 33 pass atintended receiver, wrestled with “I’d be hard-pressed to spell over the world gravitate towards tempts, 287 yards and 3 touchhis defender, reached out, but his CBS on Sunday night? Well, the philosophical right now,” Jim downs on the biggest stage in fingertips fell inches short of the Super Bowl has always been a said, while John retorted, “I know sports, along with zero – yes, football, and, therefore, a Super magnetizing event, but with so he couldn’t spell commonality” zero – interceptions throughout Bowl title. Baltimore, who never As for the post-game handmany news headlines surroundthe entire playoffs begs to differ. handed the lead over the entire ing it, it’s even harder not to be shake, which will surely be done As far as Joe’s father, Steve contest, and who was hit with a with a mixture of polarizing emosucked in. Flacco, is concerned, though, “Joe fury of a second half by a young Harbaugh vs Harbaugh For the tions, according to the brothers, is dull,” he said in a telephone in49ers team, came away the victor, first time in Super Bowl history, neither has used an ounce of enterview with the New York Times. by the score of 34-31. two brothers, John of Baltimore ergy thinking about that. “As dull as he is portrayed in the Flacco came away with the “I’ve given absolutely no conand Jim of San Francisco, media, he’s that dull.” Most Valuable Player (MVP) and coached the opposing teams. On sideration to the post-game hand-
Done yet? “He is dull,” he added one more time. But despite his nonchalant attitude on the field, in the locker room and, according to his father, at home, Joe is shown as a person with a vibrant personality in his wedding-picturesgone-viral. In one, he is shown orchestrating his family and newlywed, Dana, like they are his offensive line, with a champagne bottle acting as the football. The other shot takes place in a movie theater where he and the same group act as if they are watching a horror movie, screaming and throwing their popcorn in the air. Or maybe not… “I guarantee none of it was Joe’s idea,” Steve said. The Man, the Myth, the Incredibly Controversial Ray Lewis He seemed to be in the clear, cascading through the playoffs on the verge of ending his career on the highest note possible – winning a Super Bowl in his last game ever. But, with Lewis, anything is possible. In his 17-year career, Lewis has been accused of a double-homicide, fathered six children from four different women and, now, has been linked by SI.com to an extract from, of all things, deer antlers, which contains a growth hormone that is banned by the National Football League. The article suggests he used that specific “spray” to heal his torn triceps more quickly in order to return to the Ravens in a convenient manner. Lewis deflected any questions or accusations that came his way, citing that he’s never failed a drug test over the last 17 years, during the media week that swallowed the city of New Orleans leading up to the big game. “I wouldn’t give that report … any of my press,” Lewis said last week, shaking his head and referring to the report as a “joke.” Think what you will of the man, but nothing takes away his decorated career, high spirits and presence on the football field. For some, his ensuing retirement will be a blessing – no more hard hits. For his teammates, such as Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Ray Rice, it will be bitter sweet to bid him adieu – no more fiery pregame speeches. For Lewis, his faith and determination has brought him to a fitting end to a historic career. “How could it end any other way than that?” Lewis said, alluding to the goal line stop on San Francisco’s final drive. “And now I get to ride into the sunset with my second ring.”
Lance Armstrong’s legacy now a dismal career of lies and infamy CHRIS NORTON Sports Editor
Recently, the well-known and widely inspiring Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his seemingly astonishing career as a cyclist. While being accused many times of doping along his path to greatness, Armstrong consistently denied such speculations, giving his fans faith in him as an athlete and a human being. Once he revealed that the doping allegations were true in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, his world of accomplishments he had built over the years came crashing down. Opinions were voiced all over the world labeling Armstrong a fraud, a liar, and a cheat. Armstrong was stripped of his titles and banned from cycling for the remainder of his life.
Before this controversy arose, Armstrong was best known for his incredible accomplishments whilst battling cancer. He won seven consecutive Tour de France titles from the years 1999 to 2005. The young cyclist from Plano, Texas began his athletic career early in swimming and running at the age of 10. He then began competing in triathlons at the age of 13, and became a professional at 16. In 1989 and 1990, he was the national sprint-course triathlon champion. Soon after, he directed his talents toward cycling. In just his senior year in high school, Armstrong received an invitation from the U.S. Olympic development team to train with them in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The following summer, he placed 11th in the World Championship Road Race with the best time of any American cyclist since 1976.
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Armstrong’s reputation eroded after the shocking truth.
After numerous accomplishments in cycling, he received the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in October of 1996. The tumors eventually spread to his abdomen, lungs, and lymph nodes. After many aggressive chemotherapy sessions, and having a testicle removed, Armstrong was given a 75 percent chance of survival. Once further examinations revealed that the cancer had spread to his brain however, his chances dropped to a 50-50 chance. Despite such an exhausting battle, Armstrong underwent enough surgeries to declare him cancerfree in February of 1997, thus leading to the most extraordinary period in his career. After his plans to retire had fallen through, Armstrong attempted to secure his name as the best cyclist in history by competing in the Tour de France yet again in 2009, placing third behind his teammate Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck. Throughout his career, Armstrong received large amounts of ridicule about his state of athleticism, with claims of performance enhancing drugs playing a large role in his success. Denying all of the accusations, Armstrong went on to be known as the best athlete worldwide to many people. After his admitting of doping, his reputation crumbled, and his legacy was demeaned to a mere career. He was cast among the various athletes convicted of using illegal substances used to enhance their abilities. People may still see him as one of the greatest athletes of all time, but there is no doubt that his actions have forced people to question whether or not his success was due to performance enhancing drugs, or pure athletic ability.
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Ashley Kichline placed third out of twelve competitors with an impressive backstroke time.
Women’s swim team qualifies ANTHONY JADUS Staff Writer This past weekend, the Millersville women’s swimming team went up against East Stroudsburg University in their last chance for swimmers to qualify for PSACs. Ashley Kichline started the meet off right for Millersville by placing third out of 12 competitors in the 100yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.14. Freshman Bridget Dooling placed two spots behind Kichline in fifth with a time of 1:05.92. As good as these times were, swimmers were still trying to qualify for PSACs, and so far, no one from Millersville made it. Bridget Dooling got her best time of the season in the 100yard backstroke event going a time of 1:05.90. Bridget Dooling
followed up this time by receiving second place in the 200-yard backstroke with her best time yet of 2:19.98 although she did not qualify for PSACs. This day was not yet over however because there were still events left in the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard IM, the 100-yard butterfly, and the 500-yard butterfly. Moving through the day, Jade Wise delivered big time in her event where she qualified in the 200-yard breaststroke with her time of 2:34.03. Such a large accomplishment by Wise really propelled her team through the day and following her, Adriana Rodriquez swam a best time in the 200-yard IM of 2:23.79. Freshman swimmer Megan Oxley also swam well, placing fourth in the 200yard freestyle with a time of 2:13.54.
Megan Oxley also swam the in 500-yard freestyle for the Marauders and ended in 5:52.21, which earned her a sixth-place finish. In the meet's sixth event, the 200-yard butterfly, Millersville's Jaime Cessna placed second with a time of 2:20.30. Cessna would later swim to her seasonal best time in the 100-yard butterfly with a third-place finish in 1:04.45. These times really showcased Cessna’s hard work throughout the whole year as well as the rest of the team. Everybody improved their times, and they all swam very well. The next event for the MU swim team is at the PSAC Championships, and the conference championships run from Thursday, Feb. 14 until Sunday, Feb. 17.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Marauders hand Mansfield their twelfth division loss RYAN WOERNER Staff Writer On Saturday afternoon the Marauder men’s basketball team continued its winning ways, besting Mansfield 75-68 and improving their record to 15-6 on the season. Coming into the game having won each of their last two and four of five, the Marauders managed to find a way to win again after trailing by ten at halftime. The men entered the game riding the momentum from two close victories, a one point win over Shippensburg on Wednesday and a double overtime contest against visiting Kutztown last Saturday. Entering Saturday’s game, Millersville was a lusty 0-8 in their past eight games against the Mountaineers (5-14, 3-12 PSAC), by halftime it looked as though that losing streak would drop to nine. However, for the third straight game the Marauders were able to pull off a come from behind win, this one securing them a home PSAC Tournament game for the first time in
five years. After the loss of junior guard Brandon Belt to a knee injury in a game against West Chester, the Marauders saw their points per game average drop by about five. Luckily, junior Anthony Coleman has stepped up to shoulder the load recently, averaging almost 24 points per game in the last two contests. Coleman dropped a team high 19 on the Mountaineers defense which saw itself slip hard in the second half. In a rough first half, the Marauders shot just 33% from the floor, missing all nine of their attempted three pointers and fell behind by ten at the half. Head coach Fred Thompson must have delivered quite the pep talk while the teams prepared for the second half, the Marauders looked like a completely different team after the break. It took just over five minutes to turn what was a ten point deficit into a two point lead, the 15-3 run capped off by two layups from forward Jaymes Miller. The Marauder men dominated the paint throughout the game, racking up 48 points in the paint
to just 26 from Mansfield. Additionally, the Marauders bench was utilized much more than that of the Mountaineers, which may have been the key to the second half comeback. Larry Grant had 11 points off the bench for the Marauders while Xavier Mumford was good for nine more and four of six shooting. The bench was not the only factor in the comeback win, the team as a whole played better basketball fundamentally, shooting a much improved 57% from the floor and sinking 40% of their threes. The Marauders have managed a 10-2 home record thus far this season, and are now turning their attention to the PSAC Tournament which begins in early March. With just three home games remaining on the schedule, all vital games against PSAC East opponents, don’t forget to come out to Pucillo Gym to support the Marauder men as they prepare for the tournament. Their next game comes Wednesday, February 6th at Bloomsburg, where the Marauders hope to extend their winning streak to four.
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Anthony Coleman flys by the defenders for a dunk, adding insult to injury for Mansfield.
Women’s indoor track and field team has successful weekend BROOKE STEPHENS Staff Writer
This past Saturday the women’s indoor track and field team traveled to Geneva, Ohio, to compete in the Division II
Challenge. Vanessa Hower, and Kelly Kardos recorded personal-best results in the weight throw. Hower tossed the weight 12.08 meters, finishing 21st and Kardos tossed the weight 8.84 meters, placing her 33rd. While Ann Kovacs tossed the weight 12.78 meters,
allowing her to finish 17th and record the team-best distance. On the track, Sarah Fink ran her best time for the 3,000meter run, with a time of 11:17.39, landing her in 19th place. Six athletes had PSAC qualifying times, Freshmen Kayla
Naughton and Erin Madison ran conference championship times in the 400-meter run, finishing in the top-10. Naughton placed eighth with a time of 58.90 and Madison placed 10th with a time of 58.94. This was the first season a Marauder ran the 400-meter dash in under one minute. Sarah Mulvey and Elizabeth Reese had PSAC qualifying times for the 5,000-meter run. Mulvey ended in ninth place, finishing with a time of 18:38.23 and Reese finished in 12th place with a time PHOTO COURTESY OF MU ATHLETICS of 18:49.38. Six runners had PSAC qualifying times this past Saturday at Geneva. Kiara Allen also met conference championship stan- Amanda Long, Erin Mason, and Bucknell, this Saturday, February dards in the 60-meter dash, plac- Megan Meyer, who ran a team- 9, to compete in the Bucknell best 4:05.73, to finish in the Winter Classic. The meet will ing 10th with a time of 8.08. take place all day. The 4x400-meter relay team 13th place. Millersville travels back to comprised of Kayla Naughton,
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The 4x400-meter team ran a team best time to finish 13th overall on the impressive day.
Lady Marauders triumph over the Mountaineers CHRIS NORTON Sports Editor
After suffering a loss at Shippensburg this past Wednesday, the Lady Marauders were able to rebound and defeat the Mansfield Mountaineers by a score of 75-49. Mashira Newman fell just shy of recording a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds on top of four steals. While still being able to record a double-double, Newman now has five in her career.
The win puts the Lady Marauders at a strong 13-6 record, with a record of 10-5 in divisional play. Mansfield fell to 415 on the season. Aurielle Mosley provided a great deal of help for Newman in her successful game, scoring 14 points while making an impressive 5-of-7 shots. Mosley also managed to block two shots and enforce her title of PSAC East player of the Week. Millersville immediately claimed a 6-0 lead to start off the game. After a 22-8 run increased their lead drastically, the teams headed into the locker rooms
with a feeling of surprise. The Lady Marauders had taken complete control of the game with the score at 34-24. At the start of the second half, Mansfield came out of the gate with intensity, scoring the first three points. However, Millersville answered swiftly, going on a 15-0 run with scores from Miesha Cousins, Newman, and Alexis Martin. Despite such a strong offensive strategy, it was the Lady Marauders’ defense that played the biggest role in their victory. They held the Mountaineers to a mere 34.6 percent shooting,
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Celeste Robinson dribbles down the court to add to Millersville’s already strong lead. and forced 33 turnovers. With such a high turnover rate, Millersville was able to score 35 points off of it. On the other hand, the Lady Marauders only had 14 turnovers, holding Mansfield to
just seven points off of them. After such a confident win, Millersville looks to achieve victory over Bloomsburg Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. The winner of this game will determine the first place team in the
PSAC East. With their heads held high, the Lady Marauders plan to attack the Huskies early on, and establish authority to secure a first place spot in the division.